Sunil Kumar, Johns Hopkins University Provost
David M. Lampton, Director of SAIS China and China Studies
Jill McGovern, Member of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Board of Advisors and The Hopkins-Nanjing Council
Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
George Packard, former Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
Zhang Yibin, Nanjing University Chancellor

October 10, 2016

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) continued its celebration of 30 years of leadership in Chinese and American Studies with a reception at the Washington, DC campus bringing together students, alumni, and friends of the center. 

In his opening remarks, Dean Vali Nasr commented on the evolving roles of China and the US in world affairs. "As the critical importance of Asia in the study and application of international affairs has grown, so too has the significance of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center."

Calling the gathering an act of diplomacy, Nanjing University Chancellor Zhang Yibin thanked those in attendance for fostering a deeper and stronger US-China relationship through their support of this unique academic partnership between Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University. 

SAIS China Director David M. Lampton introduced the honored guests, including 14 former American and Chinese co-directors from the HNC’s 30-year history. 

Jill McGovern, a leader of the Hopkins-Nanjing Council, shared her perspective on the founding of the HNC, likening the partnership to a close family whose members nurture one another. 

Former Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean George Packard recalled the negotiations behind the center’s founding, beginning with a 1979 meeting in Rome where Johns Hopkins University President Stephen Muller revealed his vision for a new campus in China. At the time it was a radical plan, Packard said, and nothing about the center’s establishment or survival was inevitable. But through the shared vision of Muller and Nanjing University President Kuang Yaming, the HNC would go on to take shape and become the first, and longest running, joint Sino-American program for the study of international relations. 

Reception speakers and honored guests pictured above. Former HNC co-directors in attendance included: Wang Zhigang, Chinese Co-Director, 1986-1994 Chen Yongxiang, Chinese Co-Director, 1994-2003 Huang Chengfeng, Chinese Co-Director, 2003-2013 He Chengzhou, Chinese Co-Director, 2013-present Leon Slawecki, American Co-Director, 1986-1988 Richard Gaulton, American Co-Director, 1988-1990 Anthony Kane, American Co-Director, 1991-1993 William Rope, American Co-Director, 1995-1996 Robert Daly, American Co-Director, 2001-2007 Carla Freeman, Interim American Co-Director, 2010-2011 Cornelius Kubler, American C0-Director, 2014-2016

Reception speakers and honored guests pictured above. Former HNC co-directors in attendance included:

Wang Zhigang, Chinese Co-Director, 1986-1994
Chen Yongxiang, Chinese Co-Director, 1994-2003
Huang Chengfeng, Chinese Co-Director, 2003-2013
He Chengzhou, Chinese Co-Director, 2013-present

Leon Slawecki, American Co-Director, 1986-1988
Richard Gaulton, American Co-Director, 1988-1990
Anthony Kane, American Co-Director, 1991-1993
William Rope, American Co-Director, 1995-1996
Robert Daly, American Co-Director, 2001-2007
Carla Freeman, Interim American Co-Director, 2010-2011
Cornelius Kubler, American C0-Director, 2014-2016