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.


The Long History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States and What We Can Do About It

7:00 p.m. | Zoom

2021 Zeidman Lecturer  |  Erika Lee

Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota

Please Note:  as part of the Zeidman lectures, Sidwell Friends School is highlighting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experience at this time in order to create greater cultural understanding and awareness of issues today. The previously scheduled lecture by Elizabeth C. Economy, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will be rescheduled for later in the year. We apologize for this late change, but please stay tuned for updates.


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The Chinese Studies Program at Sidwell Friends is funded in part by the John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Chinese Studies Endowment and the Dora Chao, MD, Endowed Fund. The program offers courses in Chinese language and history, grants for student and faculty study abroad, Zeidman Fellowship opportunities for Sidwell Friends alumni, an exchange student program, and the annual Memorial Lecture. Students are also aided by the Nancy Levy Zeidman Gift for Student Experiences, which invites a new generation of students to experience the wonder of China, and the Ida Fisher Zeidman Resource Center, located in the Richard W. Goldman Memorial Library, which houses more than 2,000 books and journals on China.


This design is a traditional Chinese seal representing John Zeidman’s name in Chinese characters. It has been adopted as the insignia of the Sidwell Friends School Chinese Studies Program.


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