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Georgetown University’s Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues addresses culture and society-related issues and opportunities for cooperation through research, teaching, and dialogue among Chinese and U.S. leaders from the public sector, business, and the academy.

Established in spring 2019, the U.S.-China Research Group on Culture and Society, convened by Becky Hsu of Georgetown University in collaboration with Teresa Kuan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, brings together American and Chinese scholars across disciplines for structured dialogue and research to explore how American and Chinese individuals and families are seeking happiness in contemporary society. The research group met over several semesters, alternating between Washington, DC, China, and online.

Launched in fall 2020 and convened by Ambassador Melanne Verveer of Georgetown University and Dr. Liu Meng of Zhejiang Normal University, the U.S.-China Research Group on Women and Society gathers 12 top scholars and practitioners from U.S. and Chinese universities, research institutions, think tanks, and advocacy groups for structured dialogue around the issues women face in today’s global community.

The U.S.-China Research Group on Cosmopolitanism, convened by Philip J. Ivanhoe of Georgetown University in collaboration with Peng Guoxiang of Zhejiang University in fall 2021, brings together nine scholars from the United States and the Chinese cultural sphere. It aims to develop and pursue a structured dialogue around theoretical and practical problems related to cosmopolitanism with the goal of identifying issues of shared concern.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with cultural and development issues across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.


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Inquiries into the Future of Cosmopolitanism

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June 9, 2020

In this blog post members of the U.S.-China Research Group on Culture and Society reflect on the two societies’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, how those responses have been shaped by systematic and cultural factors, and how it pertains to research group members’ scholarly work.