MINNEAPOLIS (April 15, 2015) — The University of Minnesota – China Center will hold its 14th annual Bob and Kim Griffin “Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture” on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Northrop Memorial Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN.
The guest speaker is author Evan Osnos, a correspondent with The New Yorker, and a 2014 National Book Award winner for “Age of Ambition:Truth, Faith, and Fortune in China. The event is free and open to the public. It starts with a social hour at 3:30 p.m., followed by the lecture and Q&A at 4:30 p.m., and a book signing at 6 p.m.
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. Learn more online at chinacenter.umn.edu.