Authority in Asian-American Issues to Address HopkinsThe History Department of The Johns Hopkins University will host Chinese native Chang-Lin Tien, the first Asian-American to head a major research university, on Monday, Oct. 27, for a series of presentations on the Homewood campus.
Known as an ambassador of Chinese-American relations, Tien is a staunch defender of academic excellence and diversity. He has a reputation for being deeply committed to maintaining excellence in education and to broadening the democratic reach of knowledge to all groups. He is an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the U.S. Committee for Economic Development and the Council on Foreign Relations. In July he was named chairman of the San Francisco Bay Area Economic Forum.
Tien, who served as chancellor at University of California at Berkeley for seven years, was born in Wuhan, China, and educated in Shanghai and Taiwan. He came to the U.S. in 1956, earned a master's degree at the University of Louisville in 1957, then earned a second master's degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1959, the same year he joined the Berkeley faculty. He served as chancellor there from 1991 until earlier this year. Today he holds the title of NEC Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Berkeley.
From 3-4 p.m., Tien will offer an informal discussion and question and answer session titled "Cultural Diversity and Academic Excellence" in the Donovan Room, 110 Gilman Hall.
At 5:30 p.m., a public lecture titled "The Future of the American Research University" will be presented in the Arellano Theatre in Levering Hall.
At 6:30 p.m., a reception sponsored by the Comparative American Cultures Program will be held in the Glass Pavilion.
Admission to all events is free and they are open to the public.
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