Great Problems, Great Minds Seminar: Rethinking China and Innovation

Join the Department of Social Sciences for this Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series event featuring guest speaker Yu Zhou, a professor of geography at Vassar College on November 11 at 12:40 p.m.

China’s ambition, strategies, and progress of innovation have been front and center in the controversies of the trade wars, global technology, and US-China relations. This lecture reports on the ongoing research in Chinese innovation models by tracking the evolution of several critical high-tech industrial sectors in state policies, investments, market demands, and technological development. It reveals that Chinese innovation models are diverse across industries and enterprises and fluid over time. Zhou argues that it is important to understand China’s pursuit of technology from its own shifting priorities, strengths, and weaknesses, rather than only through the lens of great power competition.

“Rethinking China and Innovation” will take place over Google meet at this link.

The event is part of the Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series which explores the major problems facing humanity as we move into the heart of the 21st century. To see the full schedule and videos from previous events, visit the seminar series page.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Hao Huang,