A Glimpse of the World

Public Speaking (Selected) 


Boca Raton, TBD.

Emory University, TBD.

Morehouse College, TBD.

Brooklyn Public Library, TBD.

Nairobi Columbia University Global Center, TBD.

Nairobi United States International University, TBD.

Delaware State University, TBD.

in Africa, Global Perspectives, Alison des Forges International Symposium, State University of New York - Buffalo, April 25-26, 2018. 

Les Débats du Monde: Innovation in Africa, Grand Théâtre de Dakar, Senegal, April 17.

The Global Implications of China's Engagement with Africa, University of Delaware, keynote talk, April 12, 2018.

Tian Xia and the Evolution of Chinese Leadership, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, April 3, 2018. 

Everything Under the Heavens, a book talk, in conversation with Brantly Womack of the University of Virginia. Virginia Festival of the Book, March 23, 2018.

Visiting lecturer, Schwarzman College, Beijing. March 12-18, 2018.

Everything Under the Heavens, a book talk. Colony Club, Manhattan. Feb. 7, 2018.

Constructing Africa's Future, Nicholas Institute, Duke University, Jan. 19, 2018.

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, panel discussion. Is there a reigning philosophy behind China's approach to international affairs? October 30, 2017.

Cornell University East Asia Program, featured speaker. October 23, 2017.

Columbia University Beijing Global Center, Book discussion on Everything Under the Heavens. July 29, 2017.

Asia Society, New York. Book discussion on Everything Under the Heavens with Orville Schell. May 23, 2017.

Council on Foreign Relations, New York. Speaker: Age
of Empires: How the Qin and Han Dynasties Are Shaping China’s Contemporary Identity. Metropolitan Museum, May 5, 2017

Albuquerque International Association, Book discussion on Everything Under the Heavens, April 28, 2017.

Santa Fe Council on International Relations, Book discussion on Everything Under the Heavens, April 27, 2017.

Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Book discussion on Everything Under the Heavens, March 23, 2017.

World Affairs Council event at the Rainier Club, Seattle, WA, Book discussion on Everything Under the Heavens, March 22, 2017.

Washington State China Relations Council, book talk at the Folio. March 21, 2017.

Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, book talk, Everything Under the Heavens. March 20, 2017.

Delaware State University, featured speaker on international reporting. March 16, 2017.

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Washington, D.C., book talk. March 16, 2016.

Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C., book talk. March 15, 2017.

African Studies Association, Annual meeting, Washington DC. Assessing Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy in Africa, featured speaker. December 3, 2016.

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Colonial Legacies and Ethnic Conflict, featured speaker. November 21, 2016.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Second Lecture of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Lecture Series, featured speaker. November 3, 2016.

Columbia University, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society/The Weatherhead East Asian Institute. China and Africa at a Crossroads: Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms, featured speaker/moderator. October 24, 2016.

The George Washington University, Washington DC. US-China Policy for the Next Administration conference, Organized and invited by Amitai Etzioni. Featured speaker.  September 27, 2016.

Bloomberg-ALI Media Fellows, training and discussion leader for mid-career African journalists. New York City, September 19-23, 2016.

The China Institute, Irvine California. Symposium on contemporary China, featured speaker. August 19, 2016.

London, UK. Africa Day Conference hosted by Barclays Bank. Featured speaker. June 16, 2016.

Institute for Defense Analyses, Washington DC. Symposium on US-Africa relations for the next ten years, featured speaker. June 7, 2016.

Bloomberg-ALI Media Fellows, training and discussion leader for mid-career African journalists. Gisenyi, Rwanda, May 27-June 1, 2016.

The Africa Today Group – Abuja, Nigeria. Invited speaker on Africa-China relations. April 27, 2016.

Bryn Mawr College, Jane Armstrong Lecture, school-wide talk on China-Africa relations, keynote speaker, March 29, 2016.

Yale University, Yale/LBS Africa China Conference, Lagos, Nigeria. Featured speaker. March 15-17, 2016.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, Center for International Studies – Albuquerque International Association, featured speaker. Feb. 26, 2016.

The Metropolitan Museum, New York City. Featured speaker at the exhibit: Kongo: Power and Majesty, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. December 12, 2015.

Ake, Nigeria. Ake Arts and Literary Festival, Ake, Nigeria, featured speaker. November 19-21, 2015.  

Harvard University, African Studies Center, Workshop on History and Economics, featured speaker. November 5, 2015.

Boston University – African Studies Center, Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecture, keynote speaker. November 4, 2015.

University of Wisconsin – Madison, featured speaker on China-Africa relations. October 22, 2015.

Harvard University - Fairbank Center for Asian Studies and Kennedy School of Government, Africa-China workshop, keynote speaker, September 10, 2015.

Internazionale Literary Festival, Ferrara, Italy, featured speaker, Oct. 2, 2015.

The School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC. Featured speaker to discuss China-Africa relations, April 21, 2015.

Grinnell College, Global Development Studies Program, Grinnell, IA. (Featured speaker, April 15, 2015)

University of Florida, Gainesville, China-Africa Relations Conference, keynote speaker, April 9. 2015.

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington. (Featured speaker, April 4, 2015)

Florida International University, Miami, Florida (Featured speaker, March 18, 2015)

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Ma. (Featured speaker, March 11, 2015)

Center for International Studies, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Featured speaker, Feb. 22, 2015)

African Diplomatic Association of New York. Featured speaker, Harvard Club. Jan. 16, 2015)

The Gates Foundation-China, China staff, featured speaker (Beijing, China. Dec. 12, 2014)

The United Nations, Beijing. China-Africa talk, (featured speaker Dec. 12, 2014)

Beijing Foreign Correspondents Club (featured speaker, Dec.11, 2014)

University of Virginia, East Asia Center (featured speaker, Dec. 5, 2014)

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. (featured speaker, Dec. 4, 2014)

University of North Carolina, Durham. University wide lecture on China and Africa, (Nov. 21, 2014)

Duke University, China-Africa talk. Featured speaker, guest of East Asian studies and African studies (November 20, 2014)

University of Pittsburgh. University-wide lecture. (Nov. 6, 2014)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania. University-wide lecture. (Nov. 5, 2014)

National Committee on US-China Relations, New York. (Oct. 22, 2014)

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Global Muckraking Journalism Conference. (Panelist, Oct. 17, 2014)

University of Pennsylvania. Asia Studies Center. (Featured speaker, Oct. 15, 2014)

International Peace Institute, New York. (Featured speaker, Oct. 9, 2014)

World Affairs Council, Stamford , Connecticut (Featured speaker, September 17, 2014)

University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). University-wide lecture, Nkrumah Hall. (Aug. 6, 2014)

Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. (Guest lecturer, June 25, 2014)

Chicago Council on Global Affairs (featured speaker, June 2, 2014)

Social Science Research Council, Yale University (Featured speaker, Nov. 18, 2013)

Atlantic Dialogues, The German Marshall Fund (Featured speaker, Rabat, Morocco, 26 Oct. 2013)

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Modern China Seminar. (Guest lecturer, Oct. 8, 2013)

Columbia University Global Center – Beijing. (Featured speaker, Aug. 21, 2013)

Asia  Society - Hong Kong Chinese Investment in Africa: Myths and Realities, featured speaker, (July 25, 2012)

Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University. Conversation with Chinese environmental investigate journalist, Liu Jianqiang. World Room.  (April 26, 2013)

Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University. Conversation with documentary filmmaker Alison Klayman. World Room. (March 28, 2013)

Open Society in Southern Africa, Cape Town, South Africa. Money, Power, Sex, featured speaker, conference (June 8, 2012)

Humanity United, Nairobi, Kenya  Workshop on covering the two Sudans, convener and main speaker (June 8, 2012)

China Institute, New York City When China Met Africa, featured speaker, (April 27, 2012)

Columbia Journalism Review/Reuters Covering the Globe: The price of foreign coverage in an era of shrinking budgets, featured speaker (April 12, 2012)

Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany Institute for Study of Work and the Human Life Cycle in Global History, featured speaker (March 7, 2012)

Duke University On China and Africa, featured speaker (February 29, 2012)

Columbia University African Diplomatic Forum, panelist (November 18, 2011)

Vale Institute, Columbia University The Resource Boom and FDI in Africa, moderator (November 18, 2011)

Open Society Foundations, New York City Revising Kagame: Myth and Reality after the Genocide in Rwanda, panelist (September 20, 2011)

Duke University Youthful Futures, panelist (May 1, 2011)

Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa China-Africa Migration: Contemporary Movement and Socioeconomic Change, panelist (April 6, 2011)

Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University China and Africa: New Connections in a Historical Perspective, panelist (December 3, 2010)

Congo in Harlem, panelist (November 13, 2010)

Weatherhead Institute, Columbia University China Town Hall: Internet, Censorship and Political Participation, moderator. (October 18, 2010)

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Africa 1960 Symposium, featured speaker (November 11, 2010)


Prior to the timeline above, I have previously been guest lecturer/speaker at the following (selected) institutions: Harvard University, New York University, University of California-Berkeley, Dartmouth, University of California-Davis, University of California-San Diego, Washington University, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina, Northwestern, Brown, University of Wisconsin, Howard University, Smith College, Carleton College, Whitman College, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, Calvin College, Temple University, School of Oriental and African Studies (London), Sophia University (Japan), Waseda University (Japan), Fudan University (China), Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), Wuhan University (China), Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN.