Speaking

 
 
 

I speak regularly at corporate events, universities, high schools, think tanks  and also appear in the media on many of the issues I write about. (Please see the articles page for a complete list of subjects and publications.)

Some of the most popular Chinese topics include: how changing social values impact foreign businesses, China's political climate, the government's reform agenda, and Chinese people's search for values and religion.

European topics include the rise of Islamism, history, Germany after reunification, and the creation of the new Berlin. 

Please feel free to contact me via The China's Speakers Bureau, China Speakers Agency, or directly by email at info@ian-johnson.com 
Upcoming Talks
 
University of South Florida
16 October 2017
Centro Asturiano,
1913 Nebraska Avenue, Tampa
Details here.
 
Columbia University 
18 October 2017
Discussion on "Souls of China," moderated by Andrew Nathan. 
Weatherhead East Asian Institute, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Details here.
 
Young China Watchers
18 October 2017
Discussion of faith, values and the Communist Party's once-every-five-year meeting.
New York City.
Details here.
 
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
19 October
"China's Religious Revival"
East Asia Center, 5 pm. 
Details here.
 
Yale University
23 October 2017
"The Battle for China's Soul"
Luce Hall Auditorium, 4:30 pm
Details here.
 
National Committee for U.S.-China Relations
26 October 2017
"The Souls of China"
New York City.
Details here.

Hong Kong Literary Festival
4 November 2017
11 am to 12 noon, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
"The Souls of China."
Details here
and
5 November 
13:30-14:30, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science
hosting Zhang Lijia talk about her new novel, "Lotus."
Details here.
 
Hong Kong Baptist University
6 November 2017
Details here.
 
Hong Kong University
6 November 2017
Details here.
 
Singapore Writers Festival
11 November 2017
5-6 pm "Media: Friend or Foe?"
and
8:30-9:15 pm "China Soul-Searching"
and
12 November 2017
2:30-3:30 "Turning to Faith" 
Details for all events here.
 
Think in China Beijing
15 November 2017
Details to come
 
 
Recent Talks
 
Council on Foreign Relations
24 May 2017
Panel discussion with Elizabeth Economy, Andrew Nathan, and Yang Fenggang as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop
Watch the video here.
 
Foreign Correspondents Club of China
18 May 2017
Details here.
 
Beijing International Society.
18 May 2017
Details here.
 
Duke Kunshan campus
16 May 2017
Details here.
 
Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club
15 May 2017 
Details here.
 
University of Notre Dame
27 April 2017
Talk on China's religious revival.
View on YouTube here
 
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University
19 April 2017
Talk on China's religious revival.
View on YouTube here.
 
Center for Strategic and International Studies
18 April 2017
"The political uses of religion in China."
Watch the video by clicking here.
 
The Bookworm
8 March 2017
Conversation with Jeffrey Wasserstrom of UC Irvine to talk about his new Penguin book: Eight Juxtapositions.
Details here
 
Sinica Podcast
29 December 2016
"Ian Johnson on the Vatican and China:" 45-minute Q&A on the SupChina Sinica podcast about Catholicism in China, chances for a rapprochement between the two states, and recommended readings.
Click here to listen and to read a description.
 
National Library of Singapore
2 November 2016
"China's Religious Renaissance:" A 90-minute talk and discussion about China's religious revival, hosted by Kenneth Dean of the National University of Singapore and Francis Lim of Nanyang Technological University as the discussant.
Some photos are online here.
 
Princeton University
22-24 October 2016
"How and Why Chinese Language Learning is Useful in Careers:" This obvious-sounding workshop (agenda here, including downloads of many of the papers) actually turned into a profound and lively discussion about how we engage with other cultures. I gave a talk--a "new manifesto" for foreign reporting that (I hope) will emphasize more language and culturally savvy reporters. The proceedings might be published in the coming year or two.
 
Beijing Capital Normal University
24 September 2016
"Non-fiction in China:" Part of a panel discussion with writers and academics about the future of long-form non-fiction in China. Click here for a link to an article in Chinese about some comments I made. 
 
Fieldstead Company, Irvine, CA
19 August 2016
"Christianity in China:" A talk at Fieldstead Company, the private charity run by the Ahmanson family of Los Angeles, at its "Perspectives on China" conference. Click here for details
 
Freie Universität Berlin
7 July 2016

"China's Religious Revival:" A talk at the East Asian Seminar on why religion is growing in China and the implications for society and politics. Details here

The Beijing Center
28 May and 5 June 2016
Talk to undergraduates from NYU and Universität Antwerpen on China's search for values.

Colgate University
23 May 2016
Talk to visiting students putting together a video project on religion on China, especially the Miaofengshan pilgrimage and Sydney Gamble's 1920s films.

NYRB China Conference
16 January 2016
A talk in Hong Kong at the New York Review of Books' conference on "The Governance of China."

 
Selected Earlier Talks
 
2015
Sinica Podcast
7 June 2015  
"How to write about China:" Appearance on one of the most popular China podcasts, "Sinica," with regular hosts Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, and David Moser. They interview me on a recent article I did in the New York Review of Books on journalism in China. 
Listen to the podcast here
 
The Beijing Bookworm
20 May 2015
"From Beijing to Berlin:" Public talk and discussion with Timothy Garton Ash on how 1989 played out in China and Europe, and its implications today. 
Listen to the podcast here.  
 
InterFaith Radio
26 March 2015
Radio discussion with Rebecca Nedostup of Brown University on China's religious boom, the country's spiritual vacuum, and the rise of indigenous religions, as well as Christianity.
 
2014
"On Point" 
4 November 2014
Appearance on Tom Ashbrook's On Point, with University of Chicago's Dali Yang and Duke's Kang Liu on why Xi Jinping has embraced a nationalist blogger.
 
High school, university talks in Chicago, St. Louis
27-31 October 2014
Talks in Chicago- and St. Louis-area high schools and at the U Chicago and U Missouri-St. Louis as part of the Pulitzer Center's public education program. No recordings available but links herehere, and here.
 
2013
The Asia Society
How Stable is China?
 
Sinica podcast
China's territorial claims
 
2010
Hudson Institute
A speech given at the Hudson Institute's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World about my book A Mosque in Munich
 
Carnegie Council
A talk on A Mosque in Munich 
View Video

New America Foundation 
 
2004
NPR's "Fresh Air" a discussion on my first book, Wild Grass