The China Institute at Bucknell University was officially launched in Fall 2013.

The Institute's mission is to promote teaching, research, and learning about China and China-related studies on campus. The Institute is committed to contributing to diversity and cutting-edge scholarship at Bucknell University.


Several Bucknell faculty members began contemplating a center for China studies as early as the mid-1990s, but there was insufficient interest and support. In 2011 the idea was revived. With China in the international headlines daily, interest in the Asian giant has grown noticeably on campus. In spring 2012, a six-member steering committee submitted a formal program proposal and began to establish the China Institute.

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Fall 2017 China Institute Events


Thursday, Nov. 16 — Lunchtime Panel of Innovative Student Research on China. This is an event in the International Education Month sponsored by the China Institute.

  • Noon–1 p.m., Bertrand Library 213 (Traditional Reading Room)


Book Reading Group: The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, by Ian Denis Johnson (meeting twice in the mid-Oct. and mid-November)


Tuesday, Oct. 3 — Professor Chang Woei Ong 王昌偉, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore

  • Noon–1 p.m.. Colloquium: "Distorting the Female Body: Aspects of Chinese Foot-binding"
  • 7–8:30 p.m.. Lecture. "The North-South Divide in the Literati Culture of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) China

Thursday, Oct. 24 — China Town Hall, in cooperation with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR)

  • 7–7:45 p.m. Webcast with Susan E. Rice, Former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
  • 7:45–8:45 p.m. "China’s Leadership Transition and Prospects for Political Reform," by Rory Truex, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Princeton University


Thursday, Sept. 14 — Welcome Reception for New and Returning Faculty and Staff

  • 4:00–5:30 p.m., ELC 256 (Center Room)

Thursday, Sept. 28 — Faculty Lunchtime Panel on China and India

  • Noon–1 p.m., Academic West 111 (Event Lounge) Panelists: Soundarya Chidambaram (political science), Stuart Young (religious studies), Zhiqun Zhu (political science and international relations


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