ICS Events

The Institute for Chinese Studies (ICS) hosts a number of events throughout the academic year. For upcoming ICS events, visit our East Asian Studies Center's Events Calendar. To view an archive of past ICS events (dating from 2006), visit the ICS Events Archive.

ICS Lecture Series

The Institute for Chinese Studies is especially well-known for its lively lecture series each academic year, featuring speakers from OSU, neighboring institutions in the state of Ohio, as well as institutions elsewhere in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to the main English-language series, ICS also organizes a Chinese-language lecture series. For the current academic year's ICS lectures, see the East Asian Studies Center's Events Calendar. The listing of past years' ICS lectue series (dating from 2006) is archived at the ICS Events Archive.

As of 6 October 2016, the Institute for Chinese Studies has established an OCAPA Lecture Fund (#315648) that supports the ICS lecture series, thanks to a donation of $13,000 from the non-profit organization, Ohio Chinese American Professional Association (OCAPA). We hope that additional donations in the months and years ahead will enable the OCAPA Lecture Fund to continue to support the ICS lecture series for many years to come.

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Besides its annual lecture series, ICS organizes different special events. These include conferences, colloquia, symposia, workshops, film screenings, performances, and so forth. ICS also collaborates with other units on campus as well as with neighboring institutions in co-sponsoring lectures and other activities. Special ICS activities include the co-sponsoring with the National Committee on United States-China Relations its annual "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" event; for instance, the Eighth Annnual CHINA Town Hall's national webcast featured President Jimmy Carter (39th U.S. president), while the Seventh CHINA Town Hall featured former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (first female to serve in that position). And the previous year featured U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke (serving from 2011 to  2014, and the first Chinese American to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China, who also served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2009-2011) and as a Governor (in the state of Washington, 1997-2005 (and, in fact, the only Chinese American to serve as a governor of any state in the U.S.).

ICS-organized symposia include hosting, with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, the Symposium: China and the Jews in the Modern Era. Recently, ICS also hosted a series of three events at Ohio State in November 2013 to honor the memory of one of its illustrious alumnus, Hong Shen 洪深 (or Shen HUNG, 1894-1955): 1) performance of his English-language play, The Wedded Husband,  which premiered in 1919 to an audience of 1300 at OSU; 2) film-screening of Shanghai Old and New (新舊上海 / 新旧上海; 1936); and 3) hosting the Symposium: Hong Shen and the Modern Mediasphere in Republican Era China, etc.

NACCL-30 logoA recent conference event hosted by ICS took place on 12-13 March 2016. That was The 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-3), a 1-1/2 day event with presenters from fourteen different universities in three regions/countries; namely, the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. ICS is also a joint sponsor of the biennial Buckeye East Asian Linguistics (BEAL) Forum. ICS, under Professor Marjorie Chan's directorship, was also a major sponsor and organizer of The 30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-30), bringing this annual conference back to NACCL's birthplace at OSU for the 30th anniversary celebration on 9-11 March 2018, together with two pre-conference workshops on 8 March 2018. The conference welcomed four plenary speakers and 101 presentations with presenters from over 70 institutions representing 13 countries and regions.

In addition, ICS co-sponsors some annual community events, such as the Ohio Chinese Festival, the Asian Festival, and other events organized by the Chinese community in Greater Columbus.

ICS Graduate Forums

ICS graduate forum (2013) imageBeginning in Spring 2011, ICS also hosts one or two graduate forums each academic year, organized by ICS or by a China faculty member and typically on some specific theme, especially in the early years. From Spring 2013 onwards, the event is held each spring and is organized by the the ICS Director. The forums give OSU graduate students in China-related areas an opportunity to present and discuss their research with faculty and peers. Faculty members who are interested in organizing an ICS Graduate Forum are encouraged to contact the ICS director. The list of forums thus far is given below:

  1. 2010-2011:  ICS Graduate Forum: New Horizons in Chinese Linguistics Research
    - organized by Marjorie Chan (Dept. of E. Asian Langs. and Lits.)
  2. 2011-2012: A.  ICS Graduate Forum: Making Modernity in Twentieth Century Chinese Art
    - organized by Julia Andrews (Dept. of History of Art)
    2011-2012: B.  ICS Graduate Forum: The Fashioning of New Cultural Spaces: Between Performance, Print, and Visuality in Late Imperial and Republican China
    - organized by Patricia Sieber (Dept. of E. Asian Langs. and Lits.)
  3. 2012-2013:  ICS Graduate Forum: New Perspectives on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature
  4. 2013-2014:  ICS Graduate Forum: Understanding China—Its Roots and New Frontiers
  5. 2014-2015:  ICS Graduate Forum: Global and Transnational Experiences
  6. 2015-2016:  ICS Graduate Forum: China and the International Mediasphere
  7. 2016-2017: ICS Graduate Forum: Language, Literature and Performance of the Han and Ethnic Minorities in China
  8. 2017-2018:  ICS Graduate Forum: Imagining China's Past and Present