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  • Speaker | 25 October, 2017

    From Taking Tiger Mountain to The Three Body Problem

    Drawing on her 25 years of experience with China’s cultural industry, former Philadelphia Orchestra manager Cathy Barbash will discuss the continuing evolution of the performing arts world in China.

    The presentation will highlight the shifting priorities, domestic and international development, and ongoing rivalries between China’s performing arts players. Barbash will also discuss challenges and paradoxes in the field resulting from the policies of the current administration.
    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Cathy Barbash is a specialist in public diplomacy, corporate social responsibility and cultural policy, creative industry development, and special projects in the People’s Republic of China, with recent expansion into Cuba.

    Barbash is a 2015 recipient of the Silver Magnolia Award from the government of Shanghai, in recognition of her longtime contributions to the economic and social development of the city. Recent projects include producing the 2015 and 2016 Chinese New Years fireworks spectaculars in New York City in collaboration with the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Fireworks by Grucci; bringing vertical dance company Bandaloop to both live and online audiences of over 1 billion people through the China Shanghai International Arts Festival; the development of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current 5-year China engagement; strategic consulting to the Shanghai Interactive Theater Festival and the Great Wall Forest Festival (Beijing), creative development work for Oscar-winning cinema and stage designer Tim Yip; and touring traditional Native American performers through Inner Mongolia, Northeast China, Yunnan Province and Beijing with support of the U.S. Embassy Beijing.

    During the fall of 2016, she participated in Womex’s Primera Linea Havana International Music Conference, and co-produced a cultural exchange residency with the Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara, Teatro La Rosa, and Casa de las Américas in Havana and Native American traditional performer Kevin Locke.

    Barbash has spent over 30 years managing and consulting to organizations including The United States Department of State, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, The Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, The China Central Academy of Fine Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Arts Midwest, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, The Asian Cultural Council, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, and the China National Centre for the Performing Arts.

    She is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and of the International Advisory Council of the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on Culture and Society. A graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Barbash has served on the boards of the International Society for the Performing Arts, Ping Chong & Company, and City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong).

    Speaker | 17 October, 2017

    The 19th Party Congress – what to expect

    Xi Jinping and the party leadership are facing a number of domestic challenges from the fallout from the anti-corruption campaign to a slowing economy.

    Internationally, the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, has created fresh uncertainties in the region.

    What will this Congress tell us about Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power? And what are we likely to learn about China’s future foreign policy and its willingness to assert its notions of territorial integrity?

    On the eve of the 19th Party Congress, join Jean-Pierre Cabestan for a SKYPE presentation briefing live from Hong Kong and Q&A.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jean-Pierre Cabestan is Professor and Head of the Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also Director General of HKBU Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research (EAP) as well as associate researcher at the Asia Centre, Paris and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. His most recent publications include La politique internationale de la Chine. Entre intégration et volonté de puissance, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2010 (updated second edition published in 2015); China and the Global Financial Crisis. He has also published numerous articles and contributions in English on China’s political system and reform, Chinese law, the relations across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwanese politics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).