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Other Academic Workshops

All workshops will be held on the Tsinghua University campus unless otherwise noted.  Tentatively, workshop sessions will be held in parallel from 9:00am – 12:00pm; information is subject to change.

The full workshop schedule and more detailed session information is forthcoming.  Please check back for updates.


Taking the Heat: Using Journalism for Educational Engagement on Climate
Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center, Washington, DC
Hang Min and Rick Dunham, Tsinghua University
Sean Gallagher, Photojournalist, Beijing
Anthony Kuhn, National Public Radio

Climate change is one of the most important challenges facing the global community—and yet too often the reporting on this urgent issue is presented in a way that fails to engage the broadest possible public. This hands-on workshop, aimed principally at journalism students but also open to other interested parties, will explore the use of innovative story-telling techniques to bring the climate issue alive.

The workshop will draw on recent projects sponsored by the Pulitzer Center, among them “Losing Earth,” a 30,000-word article and photo essay for The New York Times Magazine, and “Breathtaking,” a global exploration of pm2.5 for the science web journal UnDark. Participants will also explore visual and audio approaches to reporting on environmental issues in China.


Trends in Graduate Education: What You Need to Know
Dean William Tate, The Graduate School, Washington University & Dean Nancy Staudt, School of Law, Washington University

This is the first workshop in what is hoped to become an ongoing discussion among McDonnell Academy Partner Universities on graduate and professional education.  It is a form for presenting and discussing trends and best practices of research universities from around the globe.  The session will begin with short presentations by colleagues from a few partner universities and then turn to open discussion and proposals for collaborative efforts to collect comparative data and other matters.

Topics to be discussed at this session will include:

  • Admissions / Test-Taking;
  • The Curriculum / On-Campus Experience; and
  • Careers / Opportunities.