Jon Sawyer and Kem Knapp Sawyer Speak at Universities in China

One of the Pulitzer Center-supported reporting projects in China is "Bishan: Reinventing China’s Emptying Countryside," which considers a movement back to rural areas. Bishan village is at the heart of the Central China historic region of Huizhou. The Shisanmen Hall is pictured in a drawing by Bishan local Wang Shouchang whose ancestors built it 280 years ago. Image by Leah Thompson. China, 2013.

Pulitzer Center supported journalists Mike De Sisti and John Schmid reported on how the Wisconsin paper industry faces the devastating twin threats of digital and China. In this photo, Song Jun Kui operates the grinder in Voith's Paper City roll cover workshop. China has been building massive new mills with automated machines that can produce a mile of glossy publishing-grade paper a minute. Image by Mike De Sisti. China, 2012.

Image from a Pulitzer Center reporting project on "China's Congo Plan: What the Next World Power Sees in the World's Poorest Nation" by grantee Jacob Kushner. Chinese state-owned enterprises are making deep, long-term investments in Congo's extractive industries. Image by Jacob Kushner. Congo, 2013.

Pulitzer Center supported photographer Sean Gallagher's reporting project "China's Fragile Forests" explores environmental issues. A giant panda rolls around in an enclosure at the Chengdu Research Base, home to over 80 animals. Image by Sean Gallagher. China, 2011.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:00pm EDT (GMT -0400)

Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer and Contributing Editor Kem Knapp Sawyer visit six universities in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing while in China between May 5 and May 14. During their talks, titled "Telling the Untold Stories: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting," they focus on the history of the Pulitzer Center and how the organization supports journalists worldwide to explore systemic crises and engage diverse audiences.

On Monday, May 5, they visit Shanghai Normal University for the first in the series of talks at the Chinese universities. Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) is one of three public universities located in Shanghai and is known for its research and teaching in the social sciences field.

In addition to SHNU, they visit Tongji University and Fudan University in Shanghai on Tuesday, May 6. The Tongji University talk runs from 9:30 am (Beijing time) to 10:30 am, followed by a Q&A session. The discussion is hosted by the College of Arts and Media of Tongji. Established in 1907 by the German government together with German physicians in Shanghai, Tongji is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. The College of Arts and Media was founded in 2001.

On Friday, May 9, they give talks at both Nanjing University and the Communication University of China in Nanjing. The morning talk is hosted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University from 10:10 am to 11: 30 am. Dr. Ding Hegen, a journalism professor of the university, moderates the talk. Nanjing University, also called Nanking University, is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China. The evening talk starts at 6:30 pm at the Communication University of China in Nanjing, and is moderated by Dr. Jin Mengyu, the dean of Journalism and Communication School. A Q&A session follows.

The final visit for their trip is planned for Renmin University in Beijing on Wednesday, May 14, between 10 am and noon, followed by another Q&A session.

Monday, May 5, 2014
Location: Room 1002, Wenyuan Building, East section of campus at Xuhui
Host: Law and Politics School, Shanghai Normal University

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: 同济大学四平路校区中法中心A101a演讲厅

Friday, May 9, 2014
10:10 - 11:30 am
Nanjing University
Location: 南京大学鼓楼校区费彝民新闻楼403室
6:30 pm
Communication University of China, Nanjing
Location: 南广大讲堂

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm
Renmin University

The location of the talk at Renmin University will be announced soon.