UMKC to co-host series of China-U.S. dialogues on education, entrepreneurship and research

Business, civic and academic leaders from the United States and China will gather in Kansas City for the 14th Biennial Edgar Snow Symposium, Oct. 18-20, 2010. This year’s Symposium includes panel discussions on secondary education, entrepreneurship, international medical research and a special double session on energy and the environment. The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and the China Society for People’s Friendship Studies.

The biennial Edgar Snow Symposium, which alternates between Kansas City and Beijing, provides a forum for continuing dialogues between scholars and public figures in China and the U.S. The Symposium also provides citizens of both countries the opportunity to participate in those dialogues and to forge greater exchange and understanding of each country’s culture.

The Symposium honors the life and legacy of journalist and Kansas City native Edgar Snow (1905-1972), who reported on the rebellion in China in the early 1900s. Snow is believed to be the first Western journalist to interview Mao Zedong, a leader in the rebellion and chairman of the Communist Party in China from 1949 to 1976.

The 2010 Symposium will be based at the Intercontinental Hotel Kansas City, but will include events hosted at numerous other venues, including the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Public Library, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.

Most events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required and can be made through the UMKC Central Ticket Office. For ticket and reservation information and a complete list of events scheduled, visit or call 816-235-6222.

About the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund

The Edgar Snow Memorial Fund is a non-profit, 501c(3), charitable organization founded by the late Mary Clark Dimond in 1974. Incorporated in 1984.the Fund is formally affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The purpose of the Fund is twofold: the collection of scholarly materials related to the life and times of Edgar Snow (housed on the UMKC campus) and the furthering of Chinese-American relations, including sponsored delegations to China, visiting Snow professors from China, and the biennial Symposium in honor of Snow.

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