23rd Annual Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture: Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 years of China-Korea Relations–A Discussion with Dr. Odd Arne Westad


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
State Room, 7th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Co-Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies holds an annual memorial lecture to honor the legacy of the Center’s namesake – Gaston J. Sigur, Jr. The Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture has featured many distinguished and high-level experts from various backgrounds and professions related to Asia.

You are cordially invited to attend this year’s Annual Gaston Sigur Center Memorial Lecture with Dr. Arne Westad to discuss China-Korea historical relations.


This event is on the record and open to the media.
About the Speaker: 
Dr. Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government.  He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region.
Before coming to Harvard in 2015, Westad was School Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  While at LSE, he directed LSE IDEAS, a leading centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy.
Professor Westad won the Bancroft Prize for The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. The book, which has been translated into fifteen languages, also won a number of other awards.  Westad served as general editor for the three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War, and is the author of  the Penguin History of the World (now in its 6th edition).  His most recent book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, won the Asia Society’s book award for 2013.
Professor Westad’s new book, The Cold War: A World History, will be published in 2017 by Basic Books in the United States and Penguin in the UK.  A new history of the global conflict between capitalism and Communism since the late 19th century, it provides the larger context for how today’s international affairs came into being.


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