Age of Empires: How the Qin and Han Dynasties Are Shaping China's Contemporary Identity

Friday, May 5, 2017
Elizabeth C. Economy

C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Howard French

Associate Professor of Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Former Shanghai Bureau Chief, New York Times; Author, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power

Deborah M. Lehr

Senior Fellow, Paulson Institute; Chairman, Antiquities Coalition; Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China

Maxwell Hearn

Douglas Dillon Chairman, Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Joseph F. Kahn

Managing Editor, New York Times

Introductory Remarks

President, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

The Council on Foreign Relations and the Metropolitan Museum of Art invite you and your guest to view the Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties exhibition, followed by a panel discussion on how these dynasties have informed contemporary Chinese art, politics, economics, and foreign policy.

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