TSINGHUA DEBATING SOCIETY
In December 2011 Stephan Mothe and Richard Ghiasy from MID 2011 Class of the School of Public Policy and Management, have established in conjunction with Maria Larsson and Megan Purvis from the Department of International Relations the Tsinghua Debating Society. The immediate objective of the Debating Society is to provide a platform for discussion of the world’s most pressing current issues. For this we have created two types of monthly events: roundtables and formal debates. At the roundtables, (inter)national scholars or practitioners briefly present their views on a topic of their expertise, followed by an extensive open discussion session with students. The roundtables serve as preludes to formal debates, in which two student teams either defend or oppose a motion in a modified Oxford‐style format.
It was our pleasure of hosting at our roundtables: Prof. Constance Freeman from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; H.E. Mr. Sultan Ahmad Baheen, Ambassador of Afghanistan to China; H.E. Mr. Markus Ederer, Ambassador of the European Union to China; and Mr. Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie‐Tsinghua Center for Global Policy along with Prof. Xie Tao from Beijing Foreign Studies University. This semester has seen the Debating Society establish a partnership with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.
(H.E. Mr. Markus Ederer, Ambassador of the European Union to China, third from the right, first row)
TSINGHUA SPPM Film Society
In March 2012, Emerson Miller, Juan Villamil, and Richard Ghiasy from MID 2011 Class, of SPPM founded the Film Society. The objective of the Film Society is to provide students exposure to international art through cinema. Our mission is to share with our fellow students of all faculties the art of cinema, bring together students in a spirit of open cinematic dialogue, integrate the theme of sustainable development when possible to inspire creativity and action with the very masterpieces we share. Our screenings are followed by an exchange of audience reflections – a unique opportunity to see chosen titles from a myriad of angles. Titles have included classics such as Reiner’s Stand by Me, Welles’ Citizen Kane, and Zhang’s The Road Home.
(First Activity of Film Society)