March 17, 2017

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Campus News

Liberal Arts in New Contexts

In keeping with its mission to offer a liberal arts and sciences education, NYU Shanghai hosted a Colloquium on Supporting the Liberal Arts in Global Contexts on March 10-11 to examine challenges that higher education faces.

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The Future of Music

This week, Professor Larry Miller of NYU Steinhardt visited NYU Shanghai to talk with faculty and students about the future of the music industry shaped by new technologies and business models.

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Quick Takes

  • On March 2th, Professor Chen Jian delivered a public speech on “Rethinking Mao and the Chinese Revolution,” at the prestigious Ralph Miliband Series at the London School of Economics. He also spoke about “China and the Making of the ‘Liberal World Order',” on March 12th at an international conference co-hosted by ECNU and the Washington-based Wilson Center in Shanghai.

  • On March 10th, the CDC’s 2017 Spring Career Fair hosted more than 50 companies, such as KPMG China, Apple, GE Appliances.

  • On March 14th, Health & Wellness Counselor Madeleine Dupre and Todd Meyers, Associate Professor of Anthropology, struck up a "Teaching and Learning" conversation with faculty on "Students in Crisis: Identifying and Supporting Students in Distress."

  • On March 15th, Adam Brandenburger, Faculty Director of NYU Shanghai Program on Creativity and Innovation, gave a speech at ECNU titled "The Father of Singularity: A Case Study in Creativity and Innovation". He described creativity and innovation as ingredients of entrepreneurship. He encouraged the audience to “know yourself, know the world, know fun, and know the future.”

Graduate Spotlight

Ann Fan Yang: From Marine Biology to Medical Science

From leading the dance club and bringing the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition to NYU Shanghai, to studying biomedical engineering in New York and reproductive health in Accra, Ghana, Ann Fan Yang ’17 has spent the past four years making the most of her NYU Shanghai experience. As she looks forward to starting graduate studies at Cambridge University in the fall, the biology major shares what drove her to pursue medicine and how NYU Shanghai helped cultivate her leadership skills.

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Public Events


Producing Environmental Films: How to Communicate Complex Legal and Policy Issues

Robert Percival

18:00 ~ AB Room 1505Read more


When Justice Goes Wrong: Convicting the Innocent

Arye Rattner

17:30 ~ AB Room 1505Read more


Bertrand Russell on Serenity and Revolution: China 1920-21

Louis Greenspan

18:00 ~ AB Room 1505Read more


Solving the Healthcare Equation

Trevor Hawkins

16:30 ~ AB Room 210Read more


Predictive Learning and the Future of AI

Yann LeCun

10:00 ~ AB AuditoriumRead more

Research Events


Synapses, Circuits and Behavior

Richard W. Tsien, NYU School of Medicine

13:30 ~ GEO Room 385Read more


The Joint Future of Neuroscience & AI

Richard W. Tsien (NYU), J. Anthony Movshon (NYU), Yann LeCun (NYU/ Facebook AI Research),  Larry Abbott (Columbia University), and Xiao-Jing Wang (NYU/NYU Shanghai)

8:00 ~ AB AuditoriumRead more

In the Media


Gallery Opening

The Paper and Art Sky reported on the opening of “Borders: US and Them” at NYU Shanghai Art Gallery. Two participating artists spoke about how the exhibits reflect their concerns on rising global border issues.

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Liberal Arts in Transformation

Wenhui Daily carried an article about NYU Shanghai’s first-ever colloquium on supporting liberal arts education, in which Chancellor Yu Lizhong and Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman discuss the opportunities and challenges universities face in pursuing liberal arts education in new global contexts.

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Man vs. Machine

Caixin Magazine quoted Professor of Computer Science Zhang Zheng on AlphaGo’s landmark win over Go legend Lee Sedol one year ago. Zhang indicated that the victory of AlphaGo could help boost the development of AI worldwide.

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In Focus 

Language Immersion and Cultural Engagement

As every foreign language speaker knows, learning a language takes practice, and lots of it. But it is not always easy to do so outside the classroom, or to engage with native speakers about their culture and perspectives.

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Notice Board

Dates and Deadlines:

Fifteen students have been developing New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) throughout the semester. Join their final concert to hear wearable symphonies, touchable harmonies and interactive noise on March 23 at 7pm in the auditorium.

Visit Shanghai’s Pearl Lam Gallery to take in art professor Jianjun Zhang’s Vestiges of a Process: Qian Zi Wen" showing from now until May 10.

If you happen to be in the US, check out Jianjun’s print exhibition at Pace Prints in New York from March 9 to April 8 and his group exhibition at Art Projects International from March 7 to April 8. Catch “Conversations," an artistic dialogue on the dynamics of artist families, featuring professor Barbara Edelstein and showing till May 24 at The American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Photo of the Week

Magic Lanterns

Reflections of the "Journey to the West," exhibition from earlier this year at the Minsheng Art Museum by acclaimed contemporary artist Gu Wenda, which featured 25,000 lanterns by the Huangpu. (Photo by: NYU Shanghai student Veronica Hernandez' 17)

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