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Wellington Koo: The Top Diplomat in the Republican China [Renwen Society event conducted entirely in Chinese]

April 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, April 20, 3:00-5:00 PM
Event Fees: Free, but advanced registration is requested
The event will be conducted in Chinese
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006


A graduate from Columbia University with a Ph.D. in international law and diplomacy in 1912, Wellington Koo (顧維鈞) witnessed and participated in many historical international events in the Republic of China. He was China’s plenipotentiary to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, where he made a decision that would steer the history of China and leave his mark on world history by refusing to sign the Treaty of Versailles; served as the Ambassador to France, Great Britain and the United States; was a participant in the founding of the League of Nations and the United Nations; and sat as a judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague from 1957 to 1967. Between October 1926 and June 1927, while serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Koo briefly held the concurrent positions of acting Premier and interim President of the Republic of China. While his presidency was brief, his extraordinary lifespan of 97 years makes him the longest-lived person to ever have led China.

At this lecture, Prof. Jin Guangyao of Fudan University and the author of the Biography of Wellington Koo will discuss Koo’s distinguished career in diplomacy and his contribution to help abolish unequal treaties imposed on China and protect China’s rights and interests.

Free, but advanced registration is requested.


華美人文學會特邀國內顧維鈞研究專家、復旦大學金光耀教授於4月20日下午3時至5時做“顧維鈞與民國外交”的專題講座。金光耀教授現為複旦大學歷史系博導、復旦大學中華文明國際研究中心主任。多次赴海外訪學,先後為英國利茲大學(University of Leeds)、美國哥倫比亞大學訪問學者,瑞典隆德大學(Lunds University) 訪問教授、韓國高麗大學訪問教授以及美國弗吉尼亞聯邦大學(Virginia Commonwealth University)客座教授。金教授的研究領域為中國近代對外關係史,近年關注中國當代史,主要是上海文革史和知青史。著作有:《顧維鈞傳》、《中華民國史(第十卷)》(合著)、《知青部落:黃山腳下的10000個上海人》等。編有《顧維鈞與中國外交》、《北洋時期的中國外交》等。



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April 20, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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