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Book Panel and Signing Event of Kuo Ping Wen. Columbia University


C.V. Starr East Asian Library, in partnership with Teachers College, Columbia Confucius Institute, and Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, hosted a book panel and signing event for Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Reformer, Statesman, edited by Ryan M. Allen and Ji Liu (San Francisco: Long River Press, 2015), at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, on Oct. 4, 2016.

Dr. Kuo Ping Wen (1880-1969) was born in Shanghai, China and studied with George D. Strayer and Paul Monroe at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he received his M.A. degree in 1912 and his Ph.D. in 1914. He was the founder of National Southeastern University in Nanjing, China and Shanghai College of Commerce in Shanghai, China, co-founder of the China Institute in America, and President of the Sino-American Cultural Society in Washington, D.C., an organization he founded in 1958. Dr. Kuo was the Chinese representative to various important international conferences and was selected as the Deputy Director General and Chief Secretary of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. In 1943 as Vice Minister of Finance, Dr. Kuo was the Chairman of an eleven-member delegation at the United Nations Conference on Food and Agriculture.

Ann D. Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian, Eugenia Lean, Director of Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Lening Liu, Director of Columbia Confucius Institute, Xin Peng, Executive Director, Columbia Global Centers, Dianne Sadnytzky, Director of Academic Administration, Department of International & Transcultural Studies, Mun Tsang, Director of Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College, and Carolyn Hsu, Grandniece of Kuo Ping Wen joined and gave remarks. York Lo, Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, Yanqiu Zheng, Ph.D. candidate in modern Chinese history at Northwestern University, Ryan M. Allen, Doctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University and Ji Liu, Doctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University joined the panel.

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