Tsai Lecture

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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”