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The US-Asia Institute and Schwarzman Scholars

Cultivating Young Leaders and Building Bridges in China: Schwarzman Scholars, Hopkins-Nanjing, and the US-China Relationship

With remarks by
Robert Garris, Director of Global Admissions & Strategic Initiatives, Schwarzman Scholars
Kara Abramson, Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office
Dan Markus, Director, China Center, US Chamber of Commerce
Moderated by
Rachel MacKnight, Vice President for Engagement, US-Asia Institute

Boxed lunches will be served

Friday, June 15, 2018
232 East Capitol Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003

What is the Schwarzman Scholarship?
The Schwarzman Scholars program is a one-year program in which students age 18-29 pursue a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Students choose from one of three concentrations: public policy, economics and business, and international studies, and meet with thinkers, innovators, and senior leaders in business, politics, and society. This unique and challenging program offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students to develop their academic, leadership, and professional skills.

Biographies of Speakers and Moderator:
Robert Garris, Director of Global Admissions and Strategic Initiatives for Schwarzman Scholars, has built innovative international programs at universities and foundations for more than fifteen years. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, he served in senior leadership roles at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference and Research Center as Managing Director; Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as Senior Associate Dean, where he worked on all academic and administrative matters for the School and was responsible for coordinating the university’s efforts to open a Columbia Global Center in Beijing and leading efforts to build a global network of partner institutions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America; and at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Garris received his Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina, where he specialized in immigration and urban policy.
Rachel MacKnight is Vice Chairman of the Congressional Circle and Vice President of Engagement for the US-Asia Institute, a UN recognized NGO dedicated to creating dialogue between the people and governments of the United States and Asian nations. A veteran of Capitol Hill, she previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Communications Director for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski from 2008 to 2017. She also served on Senator Mikulski’s staff from 1991-96 as deputy press secretary and press secretary. Off the Hill, Ms. MacKnight worked for the Oregon Health & Science University, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in strategic communications and issues management. Ms. MacKnight has traveled to Asia as both a Congressional Staff delegate and as a USAI liaison in charge of a delegation. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia, has taken courses in international relations from Georgetown University, completed the Wilson International Center for Scholars Congressional Foreign Policy Fellowship program and was a member of the Congressional Staff Foreign Affairs Association.