Edgar Snow Symposium

The Edgar Snow Symposium is a biennial forum of international scholars, artists, civic, education, business and community leaders from the U.S. and China coming together to share information and ideas. The 18th Edgar Snow Symposium, “80 Years of Exchange,” will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 4-6, 2018, at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza.

Edgar Snow’s important and influential book Red Star Over China (first published 80 years ago) established a vital, historic link between China and Kansas City that has endured over generations. The 18th Edgar Snow Symposium sustains that connection – celebrating and exploring the legacy of Edgar Snow’s lifelong dedication to the advancement of friendship and exchange between the people of the U.S. and China in the arts and culture, journalism and communication, trade and investment, science and education.

Edgar Snow Symposium 2018 Program

埃德加·斯诺国际研讨会 – Edgar Snow Symposium 2018 Program – Mandarin Translation

Edgar Snow Symposium Registration and Hotel Information

Tuesday, October 2 – Arrival Day – Arrange transit from Kansas City Airport (MCI) to InterContinental Hotel for visiting delegates

Wednesday, October 3 – Welcome Day: Optional Pre-Symposium Activities

  • 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Sightseeing Tour of Edgar Snow’s Kansas City. Includes lunch.
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m. – Reception and Buffet Dinner for visiting delegates (InterContinental Hotel)

Thursday, October 4 – China-U.S. Day: Special Events to Welcome Visiting Delegates

  • 9:30-11:15 a.m. – Opening Session: “Celebrating China-U.S. Friendship” (InterContinental Hotel)
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch for Visiting Delegates and Invited Guests (Gates Bar-B-Q Restaurant)
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m. – Welcome meeting for Chinese delegation in City Hall
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Edgar Snow Reading Room Tour (Miller-Nichols Library, UMKC)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Welcome Dinner (Diastole Scholars’ Center). Buffet dinner, Yingelishi opera preview, dessert reception, fireside chat and book-signing by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, author of Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride.

Friday, October 5 – Edgar Snow Symposium: Exploring and Celebrating 80 Years of Exchange

  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. – Global Economic Development Panel: “The Future of U.S.-China Trade and Global Economic Development” (InterContinental Hotel). Panelists will include Dr. Maria Adele Carrai, a fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program and John Huang (Belt and Road Initiative, Burma operation).
  • 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Journalism Panel: “Practicing Journalism in an Era of Globalization” (InterContinental Hotel). Panelists will include CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett.
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch for visiting delegates, invited guests and symposium registrants (InterContinental Hotel)
  • 1:45-3:15 p.m. – International Relations Panel: “The Nuts and Bolts of U.S.-China Relations: Diplomacy, Education, Scholarship” (InterContinental Hotel). Panelists will include our keynote speaker, Ambassador Nicholas Platt, and Prof. Sheena Greitens (University of Missouri).
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Medical Panel: “East-West Collaboration in Medicine, from Research to Patient Care” (InterContinental Hotel). Panelists will include Dr. John Spertus (UMKC School of Medicine), Dr. Linheng Li (Stowers Institute for Medical Research), and Travis Spire Sweet (Missouri Acupuncture Services).
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Gala Reception (InterContinental Hotel Ballroom)
  • 7:00-9:30 p.m. – Edgar Snow Gala Banquet (InterContinental Hotel Ballroom)

Saturday, October 6 – International Business Conference and Edgar Snow Memorial Concert

  • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – “The Future of U.S.-China Trade and International Investment” (InterContinental Hotel). Includes lunch and coffee breaks. Panelists will include X. Rick Niu (President and CEO, Starr Strategic Holdings), Darcy Howe (Managing Director, KCRise Fund), Virginia Harper Ho (University of Kansas School of Law) and Narbeli Galindo (Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City).
  • 4:00-6:30 p.m. – Edgar Snow Memorial Concert, a special music and dance program presented by Kansas City Leyue Performing Arts and distinguished performers from China (Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts)
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Farewell Reception and Dinner for visiting delegates and invited guests (InterContinental Hotel)

Sunday, October 7 – Optional Post-Symposium Activities

  • No conference activities are scheduled today. Visiting delegates are encouraged to enjoy some downtime, network with friends and colleagues, and do some sightseeing.
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Private Dinner for visiting delegates (InterContinental Hotel)

Monday, October 8 – Departure Day – Transit from hotel to Kansas City Airport (MCI) for visiting delegates and invited guests

For further information about the Symposium, please contact: edgarsnowfoundation@umkc.edu

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