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Peking University – Notre Dame Colloquium Series

The inaugural event of the Peking University–Notre Dame Colloquium series focused on crucial aspects of China’s growing relationship with Africa. Professor Joshua Eisenman of the University of Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs addressed the methods and objectives of media, educational, and cultural aspects of China’s relationship building with African countries. Professor Sarah Jinjie Wang, from Peking University’s Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, presented on China–Africa industrial and human resource cooperation based on recent survey data on Chinese training programs for Africans.

The collaborative event also invited Prof Peng Xiaoyu from PKU and Prof Felipe Fernández-Armesto from ND to examine similarities and differences in how Western and Chinese scholars understand the Middle Ages in Europe. They asked what was included or excluded, emphasized or marginalized in work by Chinese and Western scholars and teachers, and the consequences for the curriculum at PKU and ND—all against the backdrop of a puzzle: Why are Chinese historians more interested in the European Middle Ages than Westerners in the equivalent period in China?

The Center, in partnership with Notre Dame Beijing Global Gateway, also organized a lecture titled “Global Climate Governance and China’s Changing Role under Carbon Neutrality.” The speaker was Professor Haibin Zhang, vice dean and professor of the School of International Studies and vice dean of the Institute of Global Health and Development at Peking University. In his lecture, Prof. Zhang explained the origin and development of the concept of carbon neutrality and global climate governance under carbon neutrality as well as the cooperation and contention among great powers and China’s changing role in global climate governance, including China’s efforts and areas of improvement in addressing climate change. The lecture was held in Beijing with the remote participation of audience members from the U.S.

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