The Tsai Lecture was established at the Asia Center with a generous gift from Felix Tsai to bring to Harvard notable academics, government officials, business leaders and other specialists in their field to give a public lecture. The first Tsai Lecture was given in 2006 by Professor Wang Gungwu of the National University of Singapore.
Fall 2017 Tsai Lecture:
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 4:15 p.m.: Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN (2008-2012)
"ASEAN@50: Past Accomplishments and Future Opportunities"
S010, Tsai Auditorium Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
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Past Tsai Lectures:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 3:00 p.m.: Shigeru Ban, Shigeru Ban Architects, Tokyo, Japan
"Works and Humanitarian Activities"
March 4, 2015: Asma Jahangir, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan; Partner, AGHS Law Associates; former President, Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan; former Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
"Pakistan: From Crisis to Crisis" – watch video
October, 16, 2014: Prasenjit Duara, Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
"Network Asia: Globalization and Regional Studies" – watch video
May 2013: Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank Group
"The World Bank Group in Asia"
March 7, 2012: George Yeo
, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore
“Changing Tides: Re-Emergence of China and India on the Global Stage”
November 7, 2011: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India
“India's Growth Prospects: The Challenge of Realising Potential"
April 23, 2010: Dr. Sadako Ogata
, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA);
Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
“Between Conflict Prevention and Building Peace: Evaluating International Responses”
April 21, 2009: Amitav Ghosh
, Author of Sea of Poppies, The Glass Palace, and In An Antique Land
“Sea of Poppies: The Literary and Archival Lineages Of a Historical Novel”
May 1, 2008: The Honorable J. Stapleton Roy
, Former Ambassador to Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, and Indonesia
“Asian Priorities for a New U.S. Administration”
October 24, 2006: Dr. Hafid Abbas
, Former Director General for Human Rights Protection, Indonesia
“Reflections on the Acehnese Peace Process”
May 4, 2006: Professor Wang Gungwu,
Director of the East Asian Institute and Faculty Professor, National University of Singapore
“Tianxia and Empire: External Chinese Perspectives”