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William ADAMS is the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014, is a committed advocate for liberal arts education and has a long record of leadership in higher education and the humanities.  A native of Birmingham, Michigan, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College, interrupted by three years of service in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. His Ph.D. is from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.

DING Wei has been Vice Minister, Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China, since June of 2013.  Previously, from 2010 to 2013, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Italy and San Marino, and before that, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China.  From 1981 to 2005, Mr. Ding worked in the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China, and successively served as Deputy Division-Director, Cultural Consul at the Chinese Consulate General in Houston and New York, Deputy Director-General of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Minister-Counsellor of Culture at the Chinese Embassy in the UK and Director-General of the Bureau of External Cultural Relations.  He studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, Cardiff University, the University of Westminster, and the University of Exeter.

Stephen BOKENKAMP (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1986) specializes in the study of medieval Chinese Daoism, with a special emphasis on its literatures and its relations with Buddhism. He is author of Early Daoist Scriptures and Ancestors and Anxiety as well as over thirty-five articles and book chapters on Daoism and literature.  Among his awards are the Guggenheim Award for the translation of a medieval Daoist text and a National Endowment for the Humanities Translation grant.  In addition to his position at Arizona State, he has taught at Indiana University and Stanford University and has provided short courses for graduate students at Princeton, Sichuan, and Fudan Universities. The latter two were taught in Chinese.  He has presented papers at numerous conferences in China and was visiting professor for the National 985 project at the Institute of Religious Studies, Sichuan University from 2006-2013, during which he spent at least one month each year working with students and faculty. Most recently, he appeared with Professor Xu Jialu, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 9th Peoples’ Congress, and Professor Chen Guying, Professor of the Philosophy Department of Taiwan University and Visiting Professor in the Philosophy Department of Peking University, on the television show “Discussing the Dao on Mount Longhu,” part of the series “Journey of Civilization” on CCTV 4.

Peter BOL, Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, serves as the University’s first-ever Vice Provost for Advances in Learning.  His appointment in 2013 further catalyzed Harvard’s longstanding commitment to being a leader in learning, improving teaching on campus and online, advancing pedagogical research, and expanding access to knowledge across the globe.  As Vice Provost he provides oversight to HarvardX, the University-wide effort to create and implement research-enabled online learning experiences, and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.  Bol is active in new forms of learning, co-creating ChinaX, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that covers 4,000 years of Chinese history over 15 months, and utilizing a blended-learning approach to teach his related on-campus course. He is a former chair of Harvard’s Academic Computing Committee and the founding director of the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis. As a scholar of Chinese history Bol has led important collaborations with scholars in China to create new research tools for Chinese studies. The China Historical Geographic Information System (中国历史地理信息系统) created with Fudan University’s Center for Chinese Historical Geography (复旦大学中国历史地理研究中心) covers changes in China’s administrative geography from 221 BC to 1911 and provides a common foundation for the application of geospatial analysis to China’s historical record.  With the Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History at Peking University (北京大学中国古代史研究中心) and other academic centers Bol directs the China Biographical Database project (中国历代人物传记资料库), an online and stand-alone relational database of Chinese historical figures. Currently this continuously-growing database has 330,000 historical figures and includes their kinship relations, social associations, careers and other kinds of data.  He is the author of “This Culture of Ours:” Intellectual Transitions in Tang and Song China, published in China as 斯文:唐宋思想的转型, and Neo-Confucianism in History, published in China as 历史上的理学, and many articles on the sociocultural history of the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming periods.

Marvin BOLT is curator of science and technology at the Corning Museum of Glass.  After five years of teaching high school math, physics, and computer science, Dr. Bolt began his graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. There, he earned a Master’s Degree in the History and Philosophy of Science, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science. While curator at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, he led numerous teams on planetarium shows (including such topics as the new millennium and the star of Bethlehem) and exhibitions (including historical ideas of Mars, Chinese astronomy, popular astronomy, archaeoastronomy, mapping, and the history of the telescope). The archaeoastronomy exhibition involved collaborations with two dozen historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and astronomers to create the world’s first permanent exhibition devoted to that topic. His collaborative work on cultural astronomy, scientific instruments, and the history of the telescope (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation) has led him to conduct research and present his results at conferences in over two dozen countries. He has carried out this research in China, and plans to return there to extend his work on early telescopes.  He has also taught a class on science and religion at the University of Wuhan.  In 2013, he moved to the Corning Museum of Glass, where he continues to work with collectors and museum staff around the world to investigate the history of the telescope in its cultural contexts.

Leslie Greene BOWMAN is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns and operates Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.  She has spent her 35-year career in museums, and served at the highest levels—Director of the Winterthur Museum; Assistant Director of Exhibitions and head Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; accreditation commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums; and board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. While in Los Angeles, she enjoyed academic appointments with both the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught American decorative arts history.  She is the author of American Arts & Crafts:  Virtue in Design, and co-author of American Rococo, 1750-1775:  Elegance in Ornament, each amplifying scholarship on important eras in American art history.  In 2014 President Obama appointed her to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she previously served under Presidents Clinton and Bush.  She is currently a Trustee on the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Under the leadership of Dr. Bowman, Monticello is privileged to partner with the National Library of China to bring Thomas Jefferson: Inventing America—the first exhibition on an American founder and president—to the Chinese people. The exhibition is a “private sector” cultural project approved by the Third United States-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, and, following its opening in Beijing, will travel to three other Chinese cities in 2017-18. A milestone for both countries, Inventing America reflects at and aims to foster mutual understanding and recognition of common cultural values—the stewardship of history, knowledge, and original artifacts—between the Chinese and American peoples.

Eva CALDERA, Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives for the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been with the NEH since 2009, and serves as Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the NEH Chairman.  In that role, she is leading the special initiative launched by NEH Chairman William Adams, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.  Designed to demonstrate the critical role humanities scholarship can play in our public life, that effort encompasses grant programs across the Endowment, as well as special projects and partnerships that help to connect humanities scholars and institutions to current public concerns.  Among those concerns is the return of veterans from recent conflicts, addressed by NEH’s Standing Together initiative, a project that she helped to design and launch in 2014.   She has also been at the helm of the Bridging Cultures initiative, which has emphasized the role of the humanities in the global context that has shaped world history and contemporary life.  She has worked with partners ranging from U.S. foundations to foreign governments to universities and libraries across the country.  Eva also oversees NEH’s educational website, EDSITEment, which reaches out to a broad network of K-12 classrooms with high quality teaching resources in history, literature, and other humanities disciplines.  Before coming to NEH, she was on the faculty of the law and medical schools at the University of New Mexico. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has practiced law in Washington and Los Angeles.

CHEN Pingyuan is Professor of Chinese Literature at Peking University.  He is a Changjiang Program scholar (a prominent program of the Chinese Ministry of Education that provides scholarship funding to allow well-known professors from China and other countries to work in China), a member of the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council of China, and President of the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Association.  He has served as visiting professor and researcher at the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Columbia University, Heidelberg University, the University of London, l’Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Harvard University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National Taiwan University. From 2008 - 2015, he was named Chaired Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Among the many awards he has received are an Outstanding Contribution Award by the State Education Commission and Academic Degree Commission of the State Council of China in 1991; Outstanding Achievement Awards for the Humanities and Social Science Research presented by the Ministry of Education of China in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2013; and Outstanding Achievement Awards for Philosophy and Social Sciences Research presented by Beijing Municipal Government in 2006, 2010 and 2012.  His major works include Narrative Model Transformation in Chinese Novels; Genesis of Modern Chinese Fiction; The Literati’s Chivalric Dreams; A History of the Chinese Prose and Novel; The Establishment of Modern Scholarship in China; Touches of History: An Entry into ‘May Fourth’ China; The History of Literature as a Subject for Study; A Study of Late Qing Dynasty PictorialsAn Observation of Contemporary Studies of the Humanities in China; Stories of the Old Peking University; The Role of Universities; The Spirit of Universities; and Sept leçons sur le roman et la culture modernes en Chine. He has also served as editor-in-chief of The Scholar Magazine and Modern China.

Neil FRAISTAT, Professor of English and Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology at the University of Maryland, received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as Chair of the International Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, is a founder and Co-Chair of centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers, and is Vice President of the Keats-Shelley Association of America. Fraistat has published widely on the subjects of romanticism, textual studies, and digital humanities in such journals as PMLAJEGPStudies in RomanticismText, and Literary and Linguistic Computing, as well as in such books as The Poem and the BookPoems in Their Place, and The “Prometheus Unbound” Notebooks. A founder and general editor of the Romantic Circles Website, he is the coeditor of Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of PrintThe Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley (3 vols. to date); the Norton Critical edition, Shelley’s Poetry and Prose; an edition of Helen Maria Williams’s Letters Written in France; and the Cambridge Companion to Textual Scholarship. Fraistat currently serves on the boards of the Society for Textual Scholarship; the Keats-Shelley Association; Project MUSE; INKE; Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth Century Electronic Scholarship; and Romanticism and Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net.  He has been awarded both the Society for Textual Scholarship’s biennial Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize and the biennial Richard J. Finneran Prize, the Keats-Shelley Association Prize, honorable mention for the Modern Language Association’s biennial Distinguished Scholarly Edition Prize, and the Keats-Shelley Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award. Fraistat has led several international collaborations on projects such as The Shakespeare Quartos Archive and The Shelley-Godwin Archive, and as a founder and Co-Chair of centerNet has worked to support international collaborations among digital humanities centers and funders.

JIA Leilei, Vice President of the Chinese National Academy of the Arts, was previously the Assistant President of the Chinese National Academy of the Arts (CNAA), Director of the Cultural Development Strategy Research Center, CNAA, and Deputy Director of the Film & TV Art Research Institute, CNAA.  As a prominent expert on Chinese film, Jia has published many books including Introduction of Film Linguistics (1996), Dance of Martial Arts: the Pattern and Spirit of Chinese Kung Fu Movies (1998), The History of Chinese Kung Fu Movies (2005), Communication of Images (2005), What is a Good Film? (2009), The Tale of Martial Arts: Overview of Chinese Kung Fu Movies (2014), and Chinese TV Criticism (2015).  As a regular participant in the China-U.S. Cultural Forum, Jia has edited and contributed to the collection of documents of the previous Forums including Preservation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age, The Paper Collection of the 1st China-U.S. Cultural Forum (2009); A Binational Conversation Bridging Cultures, The Paper Collection of the 2nd China-U.S. Cultural Forum (2011); and A Binational Conversation Bridging Cultures, The Context: Place, People, History, The Paper Collection of the 3rd China-U.S. Cultural Forum (2013).

JIANG Zhongbo is Director of NetEase Education Products.  Jiang graduated from Zhejiang University with a master’s degree in computer science and joined NETEASE in 2011.  He now heads the department of education and is responsible for three cutting-edge online products: NetEase Open Course, NetEast Cloud Classroom, and Chinese University MOOC Platform. Before joining NETEASE, Jiang was department manager of enterprise process management and data analysis at the IBM China Research Laboratory.  NETEASE is one of the largest portal websites in China. NETEASE Open Course was launched in November 2011 with a vision of freer education. With a translation team of over 200 members and over 20,000 episodes of open courses from Chinese and international universities, Khan Academy, TED speeches and high-quality documentaries, NETEASE Open Course is now the most popular online education project in China.

LI Hong is Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC (April 2013-present). Before her current posting in the USA, she had worked for the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for nearly 30 years.  From 2009 to 2013 she was Deputy Director General of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, overseeing China’s cultural exchange with north American, south American, Oceanian, Asian and Eurasian countries. She co-led the cultural pillar discussion for the China-U.S. People to People Consultation (CPE) from 2010 to 2012.  Li Hong has also been posted overseas as cultural attaché at the Chinese Embassy in Singapore and Cultural Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Australia.  Li Hong holds a bachelor's degree from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. She was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow with the University of Maryland from 1999-2000.

LI Xiaoqiu graduated from Inner Mongolia University in 1987 as a Library and Information Science student. He has been the Director of the Library of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region since 2004, and worked as a part-time professor at the School of Liberal Arts and Journalism of Inner Mongolia University since 2007. As the Director, he made sure that the work to establish a digital book archive and a modern management and operation system was completed for the Library of Inner Mongolia. He also adopted the Integrated Library Automation System.  Li led the first round of census, identification, and cataloguing of valuable ancient books and manuscripts in Inner Mongolia, and the publishing of the Union Catalogue of Ancient Books of Inner Mongolia. As a result, the Library of Inner Mongolia became one of the first 51 key institutions for preserving ancient books appointed by the State Council of China. Li also initiated and managed two projects: Colorful Cloud and Digital Culture in Mongolian Yurts.  Colorful Cloud is an innovative program that entrusts readers with full power to purchase books for the Library of Inner Mongolia, enabling the Library to provide books readers actually want to borrow. The program eliminates the long-existing supply-demand gap between public libraries and readers and gives readers immediate access to new books.  Digital Culture in Mongolian Yurts is another innovation of the Inner Mongolia library to provide free, 24/7 public digital cultural services to farmers and herdsmen in rural and pastoral areas via wired internet, Wi-Fi, and 3G networks. This project endeavors to make it through the “last mile” in providing equal public cultural services to everyone, and safeguard the basic cultural rights of farmers and herdsmen in rural communities.

LI Xinfeng, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Social Science in China, is a writer and photographer. He served as a researcher and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief in the Social Sciences in China Press of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and acts as a professor and doctoral advisor at the graduate school of CASS. He is a Standing Director of the Chinese Research Society of African Affairs.  In 1981, Li graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Xi’an University of International Studies and became a teacher at the same university. Later, he obtained his master’s degree in law and a doctoral degree in management at the graduate school, CASS. He also studied at the University of Wales on a government scholarship and was awarded a master’s degree in literature.  Li has worked as a senior reporter and division director at People’s Daily and the chief reporter in South Africa. Since he entered CASS to do specialist African research as the Director of the Socio-Cultural Research Office of the CASS Institute of West-Asian and African Studies, Li has published more than 10 monographs on African studies and won a dozen national awards for his achievements.

LIU Dong is Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics, Comparative Literature and Sinology, Vice Dean of the Tsinghua Academy of Chinese Learning, and Professor of Philosophy, at Tsinghua University.  He is editor-in-chief of the journal Chinese Scholarship, which is sponsored by the Harvard-Yenching Institute; as well as two of the biggest book series in the mainland, Chinese Studies Overseas and Humanities and Society. He has taught at Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Chinese Academy of Social sciences, and Peking University. He has also given invited lectures in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Britain, Denmark, Japan, Australia, Macao, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  In addition to his contributions to traditional Chinese scholarship, Liu has also written widely on aesthetics, comparative literature, international sinology, political philosophy, higher education, and sociology of art. He has published over twenty volumes in monographs, translations, and edited collections, as well as numerous articles. Notable works include Western Aesthetics of the Ugly, Theory and Wisdom, Reflection and Perspective, Thought and the World, Reviving Tradition, Liberty and Tradition, Chinese Civilization, and others. He has translated works about Max Weber, Immanuel Kant, Ludwig Wittgenstein and others. He has also translated Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion by Jacques Gernet.

LOU Wei graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and has been working in the Palace Museum since 1993. From 1993 to 2001, he worked in the Collection Department and Department of Ancient Painting and Calligraphy of the Palace Museum successively. From 2001 to 2004, he worked as head of the Coordination Section of the Administrative Office. From 2004 to 2012, he was deputy director and later director of the Collection Management Department. He was successively appointed as assistant director of the Palace Museum in October 2012, and deputy director general of the Palace Museum in January 2014. He is now in charge of the Collection Management Department, Facilities Office, Planning & Construction Office, Department of Architectural Conservation Management, Centre for Repair and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, and the Management Department of the Museum’s North Branch. Lou has been engaged in collection management and the identification and studies of ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy. He has also committed to promoting collaboration with other domestic museums and collection institutions.

LU Jiande graduated from Fudan University, Shanghai, and received his Ph.D. in Literature from Cambridge University in 1990. Lu is an expert in Romanticism, Anglo-American Modernism, and comparative literature. After working for twenty years at the Institute of Foreign Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), he is now Director-General of the Institute of Literature, CASS, and editor-in-chief of The Annual of Chinese Literature and Literary Studies, two leading academic journals of Chinese literature and comparative literature in mainland China. He has published and lectured widely. In recent years he has written extensively on the genesis of modern Chinese literature and its active interaction with the world and also on the cultural transformation that took place from 1894 to 1930.  His publications include The Chirps of Swallows: Dr. Zhivago and other Essays (SDX Joint Publishing Company, 1996); Fragments of Broken Systems: Studies in Anglo-American Literature (Peking University, 2001); The Benefit Behind the Thoughts: A Collection of Political Culture Critics (Guang Xi Normal University Publishing House, 2005); Canvas Hanging High: A Trip Afar without Theory (SDX Joint Publishing Company, 2012); A Strike at the Pain Point (Shanghai Publishing House, 2013); and Scenery of the Self (Flower City Publishing House, 2015).

Jamie MONSON, Professor of History at Macalester College, specializes in the history of Chinese development projects in Africa during the Cold War era.  Her most recent book, Africa’s Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania, was published by Indiana University Press in 2009.  Her new research concerns the relationship between work and technology transfer in the history of Chinese development projects in Africa during the 1970s.  Professor Monson’s collaborative project with Chinese partners, “Technology Transfer at Work in Chinese Development Assistance,” was funded through an NEH Collaborative Research Grant from 2010-2013.  The collaborators included Professor Liu Haifang (Beijing University) and the late Professor Li Baoping (also of Beijing University).  Independent filmmaker Ru Sheng, also of Beijing, was a member of the team.  The project has resulted in several articles and a book, and film with a digital archive component will be forthcoming.  Professor Monson was also supported in 2009 by a Social Science Research Council Humanities in China Research Fellowship linked with Beijing University. Professor Monson’s newest collaboration in China is with the Institute for African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University, where she was a Visiting Professor in fall 2014 and continues as an Adjunct Research Fellow.  Professor Monson has also been engaged in a collaborative research project with faculty and students at Sichuan Normal University on the history of railway development in southwestern China including the historic links between the Chengdu-Kunming Railway and the TAZARA Railway projects.  She has carried out research at Beijing Jiaotong University in Beijing on the history of railway technology and technology education for African railway workers. Professor Monson has also published widely on East African colonial history and environmental history.  Her co-edited volume with James Giblin, Maji Maji: Lifting the Fog of War, was published by Brill Press in 2010 and was also supported by an NEH Collaborative Research Grant, in a collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam, Carleton College, and the University of Iowa.  She has been a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg and at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Peter ONUF is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor Emeritus in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia and Senior Research Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (Monticello).  A specialist in the history of the early American republic, Onuf produced a short MOOC on the “Age of Jefferson” for Coursera in 2014 and will be presenting another video course on the period in fall of 2015 for the Gilder-Lehrman Institute in its new master’s degree program for history teachers.  He participated in a symposium on “Democracy, Republicanism, and State Building in the Age of Jefferson” at Peking University in November of 2012. With Ed Ayers, President of the University of Richmond, and his Virginia colleague Brian Balogh, Onuf is co-host of the public radio program “Backstory with the American History Guys.” Onuf was educated at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his A.B. in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1973, and taught at Columbia University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Southern Methodist University before coming to Virginia in 1990.  In 2008-2009 Onuf was Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford. His recent work on Thomas Jefferson’s political thought, culminating in Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (University Press of Virginia, 2000) and The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2007, also Virginia), grows out of earlier studies on the history of American federalism, foreign policy, and political economy.  He is now collaborating with Annette Gordon-Reed on “Most Blessed of Patriarchs”: The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson (forthcoming from Norton).  Onuf was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.

Kristin STAPLETON is Associate Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is a native of Michigan and studied Chinese and Chinese history at the University of Michigan and Sichuan University before receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She edits the journal Twentieth-Century China and serves on the editorial board of Education About Asia. Her publications include Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937 (Harvard Asia Center, 2000) and The Human Tradition in Modern China (edited with Kenneth Hammond; Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). She is currently finishing a book on the New Culture activist Ba Jin’s best-selling trilogy Turbulent Stream (including the novels Family, Spring, and Autumn), comparing how the trilogy represents the city and people at its center to what we can learn about them from historical records. She has participated in the activities of China’s Ba Jin Research Association, as well as a number of cultural institutions in Chengdu, and is a member of the international Urban China Research Network. She is a fellow in the Public Intellectual Program of the National Committee on U.S.-Chinese Relations. A frequent presenter at workshops for K-12 teachers and community groups, she helped organize a 2013 summer NEH institute on “China and India: Comparisons and Connections.” 

SUN Yigang, Assistant Director-General of the National Library of China (NLC), graduated from the Department of Optics, Shandong University, with a bachelor’s degree in 1983 and graduated from the Computer Science and Engineering Department, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, with master’s degree in 1996.  He began working for the National Library of China (NLC) in 2000, and since then has successively acted as director of the NLC’s Information & Network Department, Vice General Manager of the China Digital Library Corporation, Ltd, Director of the NLC’s Scientific Research Division, the Computer & Network Systems Department, and the General Office. He was appointed as the NLC’s Assistant General Director in 2010 and Director of the NLC’s New Technology Research Center in 2013.

John UNSWORTH is Vice-Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University, where he is also University Librarian and Professor of English. In August of 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.  Before coming to Brandeis University, he was Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012.   During his time in Illinois, Unsworth was faculty advisor for the library school's Chinese students group, hosted several visiting scholars from Chinese universities, and oversaw the successful development of a recurring summer program for Chinese librarians, run by GSLIS alumna Lian Ruan.  Ruan and Unsworth also traveled to China to visit universities and libraries, including Peking University, Nanjing University, Zhejiang University (with which GSLIS established a cooperative masters degree program), and Wuhan University, where another cooperative degree program was established and where Unsworth spoke in the opening ceremony for the 90th anniversary of The School of Information Management.  Unsworth has also visited Southwest University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, East China Normal University, Beihang University, and Nanhang University, among others.  From 1993-2003, Unsworth served as the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and as a faculty member in the English Department at the University of Virginia. His first faculty appointment was in English at North Carolina State University from 1989 to 1993. He attended Princeton University and Amherst College as an undergraduate, graduating from Amherst in 1981. He received a Master's degree in English from Boston University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1988.

Jeffrey WOOD is a senior in the Honors College at George Mason University.  He is majoring in foreign languages with a concentration in Chinese.  When he was in high school in Washington, D.C., access to study abroad opportunities was very limited.  He was able to overcome those obstacles through the Americans Promoting Study Abroad program, which selected him for a free six-week Chinese immersion trip to Beijing.  On that trip, he had his first experience with Chinese language and culture, and since then, he has returned twice to China and developed his appreciation and knowledge of Chinese language and culture.  Most recently, Jeffrey studied in Harbin, China, for one academic year as a recipient of Boren and Gilman scholarships. Prior to his travels to China, he had never been on a plane before, let alone anywhere outside the United States.  One of the unforgettable experiences he had in China was the opportunity to interview the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, at Peking University.  They discussed access to study abroad for American students and the importance of cross-cultural understanding to young people.  Upon his return to the U.S., Jeffrey participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent seven weeks taking courses in graduate level economics, statistics, and public policy making.  He hopes to attend graduate school and study international affairs with a focus on East Asia.

YU Yan is currently a Master’s candidate at Georgetown University studying Communication, Culture, and Technology. She has also served as the President of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Georgetown since April 2014. Prior to her education at Georgetown, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Mount Holyoke College, where she developed her interest in cross-cultural communication. Upon graduation from Georgetown University this May, she will join Coca-Cola Greater China in July as their Marketing Management Trainee in Shanghai.

ZHAO Zhouhao is the Deputy Director of the Survey and Data Center for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He has also served as the President of China’s Economic and Technical Research Consulting Company, Ltd., and Director of the CASS Social Science Achievement and Development Center. He is also a professor at the MBA Education Center of the Graduate School, CASS, and a postgraduate advisor.  Zhao’s research focuses on regional economies, regional financial and capital markets, and the intelligence service of think tanks in the “big data” era.