John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Memorial Lecture

Each year Sidwell Friends School hosts the John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Memorial Lecture, which brings to campus an extraordinarily distinguished group of experts on various dimensions of Chinese history, culture, and society. The Zeidman Lecture is an important event within the larger China-interest community in Washington, DC.

37th Annual John Fisher Zeidman '79 Lecture

April 24, 2019
8:00 p.m.
China Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal
Global Science and Environment Correspondent for the Associated Press
Diplomatic Correspondent for the New York Times

Editor of ChinaFile at Asia

Susan Jakes is an award-winning journalist who has covered contemporary China for the past decade. She is the founder and Editor of ChinaFile, an online magazine published by Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations. From 2000 to 2007, she reported on China for Time magazine, first as a reporter and editor based in Hong Kong and then as the magazine’s Beijing correspondent.

Charles Hutzler is the China bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, having rejoined the newspaper in 2013. From 2006, he was bureau chief for the Associated Press in China. Charles has spent more than two decades as a reporter in China, covering politics, the economy, trade, and other topics at both the Journal and the AP. Prior to that, he worked for the AP in the United States, in New Jersey and New York. There, he was part of a team of reporters that won an award for explanatory reporting given by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing in 2012 for documenting the far-reaching impact of China’s rise. At the Journal, he helped guide a reporting team given a Gerald Loeb award in 2018 for international reporting for a series on China’s emerging high-tech surveillance state. Charles is a graduate of Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Singapore.

Christina Larson is an award-winning foreign correspondent and science and technology journalist. She focuses on technology in China and on global environmental issues. Now a global science and environment correspondent for the Associated Press, she previously she was a Beijing-based China technology reporter for Bloomberg, and China correspondent for Science magazine. She has written about everything from animal intelligence to artificial intelligence—and using science to solve historical mysteries. 

Her reporting from Asia on the human side of region’s economic boom has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, Wired, the New Republic, Scientific American, Nature, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company, Smithsonian, Slate, California Sunday Magazine, Yale Environment 360, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. 

In addition to filing dispatches from remote corners of China, she has reported from India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Greece, Jamaica, and Mexico.

Edward Wong is a diplomatic and international correspondent for the New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington, DC. He has spent most of his career abroad, reporting for 13 years from China and Iraq for the Times. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran the Times’ largest overseas operation. Edward began reporting for the Times in 1999 and worked for four years on the metro, sports, and business desks before going overseas. His first posting was to Iraq to cover the American invasion and civil war, from 2003 to 2007. He then reported from China for nine years. 

Edward was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2017 to 2018 and taught international reporting at Princeton University as a Ferris Professor of Journalism in 2017. He is an associate at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Edward graduated with honors from the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He has dual master’s degrees in journalism and international studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia.

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