March 20, 2020

University of Pennsylvania

About us

The Penn Symposium on Contemporary China (PSCC) is an annual event organized by undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania. The 2020 Symposium will take place in March 20, 2020 on the University of Pennsylvania campus. We aim to provide a unique high-level academic forum for the discussion of the political, legal, economic, and social factors shaping China and its role in the world today. The 2020 conference will feature NPR correspondent and author of The Shanghai Free Taxi, Frank Langfitt, as the keynote speaker.


The Symposium reaches out to top graduate students across the U.S. to present their research on pressing contemporary issues facing China and its role in the world. In addition to providing a public forum for young scholars to share and discuss their findings, the Symposium is also a platform for prominent speakers from the business, foreign affairs, civil society, and academic sectors to share their professional insights. NPR correspondent and author of The Shanghai Free Taxi, Frank Langfitt, will deliver the 2020 Symposium keynote address. 

The application period for graduate student research papers is now OPEN. 

Please submit for review (1) your paper along with (2) an abstract of 300
words or less and (3) a short biography of 100 words or less by January
31st, 2020. All application materials should be sent to:

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