In May 2002, the Harvard Alumni Association launched the HAA Global Series in an effort to bring Harvard to alumni worldwide. That first event, an academic symposium on the impact of globalization, was held in Beijing. Working closely with regional Harvard Clubs, the HAA brought together more than 360 alumni to discuss the University’s most current initiatives and important academic topics, including China’s role in twenty-first-century Asia.
I am delighted to report that, in March 2008, we will return to China—this time, to Shanghai, its largest city. China’s recent growth is the latest remarkable chapter for one of the most extraordinary civilizations in history, and nowhere is that growth more evident than in this magnificent city.
Harvard is committed to strengthening its scholarly interests in Asia, and the Global Series conference will draw outstanding faculty, alumni panelists, and other speakers whose work focuses on China and the region. Not only will we have an opportunity to share ideas on important issues, but, for many of us, this will be an occasion to meet new colleagues and renew old friendships.
Please join us in Shanghai for the 2008 HAA Global Series. I look forward to seeing you there.
President of Harvard University
Lincoln Professor of History