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Orville Schell Joins the Board of Councilors | November 2010


The China-US Center for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations, to the Board of Councilors. The Board of Councilors provides strategic guidance for the Center’s operations and leadership in the development of new initiatives.

Professor Schell is known as one of the United States’ most well informed and thoughtful observers on China. As Director of the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations, Professor Schell leads programs on the environment, the media and foreign policy in an effort to promote more constructive dialogue between key Chinese and American leaders. The Center on US-China Relations explores areas of common interest and divergent views between the two countries, focusing on policy, culture, business, media, economics, energy and the environment.

Gary Dirks, Chair of the US Board of Councilors, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Orville Schell to the Board. His deep knowledge of China, distinguished career and ability to build understanding between China and the United States will measurably contribute to the China-US Center’s mission.”

Prior to joining the Asia Society’s Center, Professor Schell served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Schell has been published widely including articles in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Harpers, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the China Quarterly, Harpers, the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He has written nine books on China and is currently at work on an interpretation of the last 100 years of Chinese history.

Professor Schell was born in New York City and graduated from Harvard University Magna Cum Laude in Far Eastern History. Professor Schell then studied Chinese language at Stanford University, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University and received his MA and Ph.d (abd) from the University of California, Berkeley.