The Center organizes symposia from one to three days in length on various aspects of Chinese studies. Topics are chosen by individual faculty members or faculty committees, and may draw as many as 50 speakers over several days. A large-scale symposium generally commences with a keynote speech by a leading scholar in the field, and will often draw an audience made up of faculty, scholars, and students from all over the United States and Canada, as well as many Bay Area community members. Free and open to the public.

Berkeley Colloquium Series

This series of English-language lectures brings distinguished speakers to present their cutting-edge research to an audience of campus and community members interested in China. Paper presentations are followed by a discussant's comments and general discussion. Free and open to the public.

Elvera Kwang Siam Lim Memorial Lecture

The Elvera Kwang Siam Lim Memorial Lecture brings an eminent scholar in Chinese studies to Berkeley each fall semester to present a public lecture, meet with faculty and graduate students, and generally foster scholarly exchange and debate amongst colleagues.

This named lecture honors Ms. Lim's dedication to scholarly exchange, and was made possible through a generous gift by her family. 

Special Workshops/Conferences

The Center may also hold special workshops and conferences at various times during the year. These events are generally proposed and organized by UC Berkeley faculty or graduate students on a specialized topic, and may be as short as one afternoon or as long as one whole week of lectures. Presenters include UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students, and may also include national and international participants. Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Chinese Language Colloquium Series

This occasional series of presentations takes the form of lectures, literary discussions or exchanges about topics of current interest in the Chinese world for a Mandarin-speaking audience. Open to the campus and Bay Area communities, all Mandarin speakers (and students wishing to improve their conversational language skills) are encouraged to participate. Free and open to the public.

Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture Series

The Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture Series is a series of presentations by the visiting scholars affiliated with the Center that highlights their current research. Lectures are in English unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public.