The University of Chicago will host its sixth annual US-China Forum on November 16-18. This year’s event will bring together academic and policy leaders from both countries to discuss the provision of social services and the ways in which inequality is being addressed in the US and China, as well as a range of related topics, including mental health, disability and child care. .
Organized by the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice in partnership with UChicago Global and supported by the China-US Exchange Foundation, the three evenings of lectures at the new David Rubenstein Forum will feature speakers from more than a dozen Crown School faculty, as well as scientists from leading academic institutions in China.
Attendees can register to attend in person with appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols.
President Paul Alivisatos will deliver words of welcome on the first day of the forum. Additional welcome comments will come later in the week from Robert J. Zimmer, Chancellor and President Emeritus; and Juan de Pablo, vice president for national labs, scientific strategy, innovation and global initiatives.
Wang Zhenyao of Beijing Normal University will deliver a keynote address on Nov. 16. Zhao Jian, the Consul General of the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, will deliver a speech on Nov. 18.
Each year, the US-China Forum brings together renowned experts from the University of Chicago and China for high-level meetings focused on issues of concern to both countries and, by extension, the world. It aims to stimulate long-term research collaborations between Chinese researchers and scientists from the University of Chicago. Previous forums have dealt with economic relations, urban innovation, water and urban development, energy policy and art.
This year’s forum focuses on social policy and the different ways it is implemented in the two countries. As the two largest economies in the world, the US and China play an outrageous role on the global stage. They both have large mainly urban populations and extensive domestic infrastructure with many non-state actors involved in social policy development and implementation. However, they also differ in important ways, including in terms of scale, development, population diversity, governance and social welfare infrastructure.
The US-China Forum will provide an opportunity to reflect comparatively on the relative strengths and limitations of the two countries’ approaches to social security implementation, as well as to consider alternative answers and possible future directions. The schedule of panel discussions is below; more information is available on the UChicago Global website.
tuesday 16 november
Reception to follow
• Shifting contours of governance and services: civil society and the state
Wednesday 17 Nov
• Health, mental health and disability
• Children and young people
Thursday, November 18
Reception to follow
• Social inequality and policies of inclusion and exclusion