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The14th Annual Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture"

The University of Minnesota welcomed Evan Osnos, author of "Age of Ambition: Truth, Faith, and Fortune in China" to speak at the China Center’s 14th annual Bob and Kim Griffin “Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture” on May 5, 2015, held at the Northrop Memorial Auditorium. More than 200 faculty, students and community guests attended the lecture.

As a New Yorker correspondent, Evan Osnos specializes in all things related to China. Based in Beijing from 2005 to 2013, he reported on the country’s rise to power. He won the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. He is now The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent. Prior to The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on product safety that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on the global trade in unsafe imports.

Building a legacy for their children and for Minnesota, Bob and Kim Griffin created an endowment fund at the China Center to establish the “Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.- China Bridges Lecture.” The Griffin’s substantial gift reflects their commitment to promoting the mutual respect between the two cultures and their passion to connect people to China. To view the lecture and question-and-answer session in its entirety, visit the China Center website at

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欧逸文2005年作为《芝加哥论坛报》的驻京记者迁居北京, 2008年至2013年他开始为《纽约客》杂志担任驻华记者,报道中国的崛起。他的新书《野心时代:在新中国追逐财富、真理和信念》呈现了样本丰富的中国人的真实经历,包括企业家、媒体人、艺术家、文艺青年和持不同政见者。


格里芬搭建美中友谊桥梁讲座基金由Bob和Kim Griffin夫妇于2001年在明尼苏达大学中国中心捐赠创立。他们希望借此基金为子女和明尼苏达州留下文化传统,并表达他们致力于深化美中文化交流和增进两国人民友好关係的心愿。观看完整讲座和问答环节请访问中国中心网站