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About Us

The Penn Symposium on Contemporary China is an annual event organized by undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania. 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 Symposium will take place on Penn’s campus and will include several graduate student panels and feature Frank Langfitt as the keynote speaker.
The application period for graduate student research papers is now OPEN. 
Please submit for review (1) your paper along with (2) and 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
Since its remarkable advancements in the late 20th century, the People’s Republic of China has become a world leader in economic growth and political influence. 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.
The Symposium is free for all Penn students and open to the public. Undergraduate and graduate students from universities in the Philadelphia and wider northeast region are encouraged to attend, as well as scholars and professionals interested in contemporary Chinese issues.
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