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. The most recent Tsai Lecture was given by Shigeru Ban, Shigeru Ban Architects, Tokyo, Japan and 2014 Winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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”