I'll spend most of April and part of May in the United States talking about China's religious revival, what it means, and why it matters to us. I'll also have a few events in China when I get back there in May. Please click here for details.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
18 April 2017
"The political uses of religion in China."
Watch the video by clicking here
8 March 2017
Conversation with Jeffrey Wasserstrom of UC Irvine to talk about his new Penguin book: Eight Juxtapositions
. Details here
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
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
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.
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
7 June 2015
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
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.
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 here
, and here
The Asia Society
How Stable is China?
China's territorial claims
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
NPR's "Fresh Air" a discussion on my first book, Wild Grass.