Dialogue of Civilizations
28th International Conference of
the US-China Catholic Association
cosponsored by the Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University
March 13-15, 2020
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, California, USA
Friday eve, March 13
Keynote - Ian Johnson
Reception to follow
Open to the public.
Saturday, March 14
Keynote - Rev. Antonio Spadaro, SJ
Keynote - Rachel Zhu (朱晓红)
Award Banquet honoring Brent Fulton and Joann Pittman of ChinaSource
Sunday, March 15
Plenary Presentation - Chiaretto Yan
Presentations and workshops
Journalist, Author, Professor
Ian Johnson, a Pultizer Prize winning journalist based in Beijing, is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the New York Review of Books. He is the author of Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China (Pantheon, 2004) and The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (Vintage, 2017), among many other publications. An oft sought speaker, he is also a highly esteemed mentor at the Jesuit-run Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, where he regularly teaches undergrad courses. He will address a phenomenon we regularly see in headlines concerning China: how religion, once pushed to the margins of Chinese politics and society during the 20th century, is now back at the center of China's political and social life, as people and the government look for new values and faith.
Rev. Antonio Spadaro, SJ
Editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica
Fr. Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit, journalist and author, serves as editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, a journal published in coordination with the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. Fr. Spadaro works closely with Pope Francis, and through the China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue (a project jointly sponsored by La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University), he has pressed to broaden the conversation with China to include issues that affect the common welfare of all humanity.* Fr. Spadaro will offer reflections on the progress of this Civilizational Dialogue and the importance of locating our relationship with China in a wider horizon.
*One event sponsored by this forum, AI and the Human Person: Chinese and Western Perspectives, took place on the Santa Clara University campus on April 5, 2019.
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Dr. Rachel Zhu (朱晓红)
Professor and Catholic public intellectual
Rachel Zhu (朱晓红) is associate professor and a founding member of the Religious Studies Department at Fudan University, Shanghai. She has written on a wide range of topics, including Christian philosophy, Catholic, the contemporary Church in China, and feminist theology. She contributes regularly to the life of the Church and public life in Shanghai, as well as in the worldwide Church community.
Kin Sheung Chiaretto Yan (甄健湘)
Author, International Speaker
Chiaretto Yan lives in Shanghai. He holds a doctorate in Missiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome). His primary areas of research are interdisciplinary approaches to the religions and cultures of Asia. He is the author of numerous articles and two books relevant to his this conference, Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects (Orbis 2014) and Season for Relationships: Youth in China and the Mission of the Church (Claretian Publications 2018). He will speak about the concerns and challenges facing young people in Chinese society today.
Ricci Award Banquet
This year the USCCA is proud to honor Brent Fulton and Joann Pittman of ChinaSource as co-recipients of the China Association’s Matteo Ricci Award for Service of God and China.
The Matteo Ricci Award Banquet may be booked separately from the conference.
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For questions regarding the conference, contact Bernard Ciernick, Conference Coordinator:
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