The DMN Academic and Intellectual Freedom Lecture Committee will be hosting the second panel in a series titled Conversations on Academic and Intellectual Freedom: Current Issues to be held on Monday, March 25th, 6-7:30pm in 1010 Weiser Hall.


Mary E. Gallagher, Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights at the University of Michigan 


“We are all Gang Chen”
Gang Chen, Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering; Director, Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories, MIT

The Impact of U.S.-China Tensions on U.S. Science
Ruixue Jia
,  Associate professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

Where the Cameras Don’t Go:  Federal Investigations and Border Questioning after the China Initiative
Ann Chih Lin
, Associate Professor of Public Policy; Director, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

The China Initiative and Its Impact on Academic Researchers
Peter Zeidenberg
, Attorney in Practice, Partner ArentFox Schiff


1010 Weiser Hall

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Zoom Webinar

The China Initiative and Its Aftermath: The Impact on Science and Academic and Intellectual Freedom on Campus

Although the China Initiative has officially ended in 2022, the hostile climate has not dissipated and scientists of Chinese backgrounds still feel the pressure—especially as a proposed House spending bill wants to bring the initiative back. Put in place in 2018 under the Trump administration, the China Initiative led to the arrest, intimidation, and forced resignation of faculty on American University campuses. This panel discussion brings together a group of experts who will discuss their personal experiences, the legal dimensions, the costs of the initiative in the realm of scientific and technological advancements, the effects on prospective and current students, and diversity of campus.