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"Confucianism and Meritocracy: Light from the East"

August 20, 2018
Article published in American Affairs Journal by HGI grant recipient Professor James Hankins, detailing his summer research that seeks to answer, "whether [meritocracy] should become the leading principle of the whole political system..., a preferred method of selection for office, or simply an ethos spread by culture and education," with a focus on Japan and China.

The Prospect of Political Meritocracy in the Contemporary World

June 6, 2018
Professor James Hankins will be a panelist on a roundtable hosted by the Department of Politics and Public Administration of The University of Hong Kong on June 7, 2018. The roundtable focuses on the traditions of political meritocracy in the East and West, their successes and failures, and "prospects for reinvigorating meitocratic practices in East Asian and Western politics." Professor Hankins and Professor James Hankins received a grant from HGI in 2017 for their project, "Political Meritocracy in Comparative Historical Perspective."

Harvard Gazette: "Global Power for Global Powers"

April 19, 2018
Liu Zhenya, chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), delivered a University-wide lecture, "The Art of Energy Revolution: From Ultra-High-Voltage Power Grid to Global Energy Interconnection," at Harvard Law School on April 17. Liu is the former chairman and president of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world's largest utility company. The event was sponsored by the Harvard China Project, East Asian Legal Studies, and Harvard Global Institute.

11 faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 19, 2018
Harvard’s inductees to the class of 2018 include Naomi E. Pierce, Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology, curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and a 2016 HGI grant award recipient. The Academy "honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world."

Message from Drew Faust: Harvard's Climate Change Efforts

February 6, 2018
Harvard has "provided $7.7 million in funding for ten projects involving 20 faculty studying climate change and the environment through the Harvard Global Institute, launched in 2015 to support international engagement on pressing global challenges." 

HGI Symposium in Shanghai: “Finding Solutions: Climate Change Economics, Policy, and Implications for Business”

November 7, 2017

On November 7, 2017, HGI will host a symposium on “Finding Solutions: Climate Change Economics, Policy, and Implications for Business” at the Harvard Center Shanghai. Forest L. Reinhardt, John D. Black Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and Robert N. Stavins, A. J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, will share their perspectives in a panel discussion. 

Harvard Gazette: "Tracing Migration’s Impact"

October 16, 2017

Deconstructing the multifarious and complex questions around migration and globalization may be the most direct route to a solution for the migration crisis facing the world today, Harvard experts said last week. Questions about its ethical, legal, social, cultural, and economic implications were the focus of the Harvard Global Institute’s second annual symposium on effecting resolution to critical issues.

Cooperation in East Asia to Address Climate Change

October 13, 2017
The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements conducted a research workshop at the Harvard Center Shanghai on September 27, 2017, to examine how national governments in the region might cooperate to address the problem of climate change. This workshop was supported through the HGI project grant, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: International Cooperation in East Asia.

HGI Symposium: "Migration and Globalization"

October 12, 2017

The second annual HGI symposium will take place on October 12, 2017. Co-hosted by President Drew Faust, the event will focus on migration and the modern world, the economic and political consequences of migration, and migration and social obligation. Moderators include Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities; Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies; and Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and of African...

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2017 Grants Announcement

September 29, 2017

In its third year of awarding grants, the Harvard Global Institute (HGI) will fund eight projects that engage faculty across six Harvard Schools and extend its geographic scope and research capacity.

HGI Event in Beijing: "Finding Solutions for China's Environmental Challenges: Climate Change, Air Quality, and Health"

August 3, 2017
HGI hosted an event in Beijing on the topic of "Finding Solutions for China's Environmental Challenges: Climate Change, Air Quality, and Health." Vice President for Strategy and Programs Leah Rosovsky moderated a panel of Harvard faculty who are also currently serving as principal investigators for HGI-funded projects, including Michael McElroy, Peter Huybers, and Zhiming Kuang. Professor McElroy provided context of the historical trends of climate change and air quality, and spoke about his reasearch at the atmospheric monitoring station outside of Beijing. Professor Huybers addressed the... Read more about HGI Event in Beijing: "Finding Solutions for China's Environmental Challenges: Climate Change, Air Quality, and Health"

Peking University and Harvard University Graduate Summer School: "Climate, Weather, Pollution & Health Consequences"

July 31, 2017
In collaboration with Peking University, Peter Huybers and his co-principal investigators held a summer graduate school course, "Climate, Weather, Pollution & Health Consequences." In attendance were 168 undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars from 37 Chinese and Hong Kong institutions, including 52 students from Peking University. Some of the topics students learned about included big data analysis methods, the emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants, and the trends and patterns of extreme temperatures.

Harvard-China Project Featured in Nature Index 2016

November 21, 2016
The Harvard-China Project "includes around 25 researchers from both countries and involves partnerships between Harvard and leading Chinese institutions, including Tsinghua, Nanjing, and Peking universities. Index analysis shows that Harvard's links with these universities represent some of the most productive collaborations between China and the US." The Harvard-China Project is a recipient of HGI grant funding.

HGI Symposium: "Climate Change and the Developing World"

November 16, 2016
Co-sponsored by President Drew G. Faust and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, HGI co-hosted a symposium on "Climate Change and the Developing World." President Drew G. Faust provided opening remarks, and more than 25 faculty from seven Harvard Schools participated in panel discussions. The three panels addressed climate change and urbanization and adaptation, food and water security, and "changing policy, changing technology, changing minds." The event brought together an audience of more than 60 faculty members and graduate students.