Tsai Lecture

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The Tsai Lecture Series, established in 2000 with a generous endowment from Felix Tsai, allows the Asia Center to bring to Harvard notable leaders in academia, government, and business, as well as from other professions.  The annual lecture is open to the public, and offers perspectives from a range of disciplines and from different regions in Asia. Past speakers have included the late Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary General of ASEAN; Pritzker Prize winning architect and humanitarian, Shigeru Ban; and internationally renowned human rights lawyer and advocate, Asma Jahangir.   

Past Tsai Lectures:

Friday, April 13, 2018, 4:45 p.m.: The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute; former Prime Minister of Australia (2007-2010, 2013) and former Foreign Minister (2010-2012)
"China's Worldview Under Xi Jinping" – watch video

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 4:15 p.m.: Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN (2008-2012)
"ASEAN@50:  Past Accomplishments and Future Opportunities" – listen to the audio recording

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”