Recent Shows & Talks

  • This fall, Dr. Alex Ruthmann from NYU Music Experience Design Lab visited NYU Shanghai to give a presentation on designing technology for music making. During the presentation Prof. Ruthmann demonstrated some of his experiments with audio engagement by showing NYU Shanghai students how to build a collaborative musical instrument.

  • On September 19, Vice Chancellor Lehman spoke with award-winning actress, journalist, singer, and theatre director, Estelle Parsons. Their conversation included topics such as how actors "find their truth," and theatre’s capacity to raise public consciousness about social justice issues such as racism and poverty.

  • The tea ceremony is one of the most iconic elements of Chinese traditional culture that has gradually developed into a mode of bodily cultivation. Watch Kunbing Xiao, Associate Professor of anthropology at Southwest Minzu University,

  • Senior Executive in Residence Elizabeth Nien Tze Chen launched a new series of conversations for NYU Shanghai students. Each semester, she will invite a prominent member of the business community to discuss interests, opportunities, and responsibilities beyond the corporate world.


  • Three experts on gender and sexuality in modern China presented their research and campaign work at a panel discussion on November 8. Drs. Yang Shen, Minjie Chen and Ying Xin (Iron) talked about online dating, sex education for youth, and the LGBTQ issues in China.


  • Pianist and conductor Vera Hui-pin Hsu performed a piano recital at NYU Shanghai on Sunday, November 12. 

  • Dr. Eric Sanderson presented the Mannahatta Project, an initiative to reconstruct the ecology of Manhattan Island, the heart of New York City, a few hours before Henry Hudson, the European explorer

  • NYU Shanghai hosted the China Film Premiere of The Chinese Exclusion Act, a new documentary by US film directors Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu. 

  • On May 11, the final Literary Reading Series event of this academic year brought Hawaii-based poets Susan Schultz, Wawa (Lo Mei Wa) and poet-translator Henry Wei Leung ashore in Shanghai to perform and discuss pieces that celebrate not only writing from Hawaii, but that also draw points of connection throughout the Pacific.

  • Former NYU Shanghai Global Academic Fellow Jen Hyde returned to China this month for the city’s Literary Festival. Speaking alongside her mentor, acclaimed poet and visual artist Jen Bervin, at the Literary Reading Series at NYU Shanghai, Hyde spoke about the inspiration for her first collection of poems Hua Shi Hua (华诗画) Drawings & Poems from China (Ahsahta Press, 2017), and her upcoming project, Murmur, a 2016 finalist for the Creative Capital Grant in Literature.

    What brought you to Shanghai?

    I moved to Shanghai at the end of 2013. I wanted to teach myself how to read a language of my heritage and to understand my Chinese identity. In Mandarin, I’m called a 华人 (hua ren), an ethnically Chinese person who is not born in China. In English, I’m a person of the Chinese diaspora by way of my mother who moved to the United States from Indonesia. As a biracial American poet and book artist, I felt illiterate in a language that nevertheless belonged to me.

  • Eight leading historians and anthropologists presented a kaleidoscopic survey of the rise of biomedicine in the 20th century to the NYU Shanghai community during February 22-23, in the inaugural workshop of the newly-established Center For Society, Health, And Medicine.

    Participating scholars included MacArthur Fellow Professor Julie Livingston of NYU and Professor Jeremy A. Greene of Johns Hopkins University. In the two-day discussion, the group thrashed out chapters of a forthcoming book, Cultural History of Medicine, 1920-2000, The Modern and Postmodern Age, to be published in 2018.

  • Back in the 1940s and 50s, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson came to China on behalf of Life magazine to illustrate with his lens the “old” Beijing and “new” Shanghai. On November 28,  NYU Shanghai welcomed Dr. Catherine Clark, Assistant Professor of French Studies and Class of 1947 Career Development Professor at MIT. An expert in history both of France and of Photography, she talked about the historical context of Bresson’s work.  

  • How did Shanghai show ‘love’ in the old days? Shanghainese writer Lynn Pan and Polish anthropologist and art historian Karolina Pawlik visually illustrated for the NYU Shanghai community how artists, graphic designers and cartoonists depicted romance and marriage in Shanghai’s 1920s and 1930s.  Pan and Pawlik explored themes of tradition and modernity on November 17 by presenting Chinese graphic adoptions of Cupid (Eros), the heart shape, and depictions of Hollywood-esque kissing styles.

    They showed the incorporation of the English word ‘love’ into Chinese texts and images, and how changing perceptions and vocabulary surrounding man-woman relationships paralleled typographical designs for  ‘love’ and ‘romantic love’ described in Chinese characters.

  • The Literary Reading Series at NYU Shanghai, a project of the Writing Program, brings acclaimed writers from around the world to our Shanghai campus. This Spring, we welcome renowned China correspondent Rob Schmitz.

  • NYU Shanghai brings together innovative fiction writers and poets - James Shea, Hon Lai-chu, Collier Nogues and Dorothy Tse - to celebrate writing that crosses cultural, linguistic and genre borders.