Da Chen Gifford Ingersoll Pei Lighte Grim


Minxin Pei, Ph.D., adjunct senior associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment; the Tom and Margot Pritzker ‘72 Professor of Government and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College


Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei's research focuses on democratization in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and U.S.–China relations. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 1994) and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006). Pei’s research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, and many edited books. Pei is a frequent commentator on CNN and National Public Radio; his op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek International, and the International Herald Tribune. He is a columnist for L’espresso, a major Italian news magazine and a regular contributor to the Diplomat, a leading online international affairs journal. Pei received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

Some Information

The Message for China from Tahrir Square Financial Times, February 12, 2011

Video: Minxin Pei: Is China Outcompeting the US? Chautauqua Institution, July, 2010

Foreign Affairs, Essays and Reviews by Minxin Pei; published by the Council of Foreign Relations

China 2025 - Minxin Pei on China's Leadership, November, 2009. Minxin Pei speaks as part of the panel on China's Emerging Domestic Trends at Project 2049 and Council on Foreign Relations' conference, China 2025.


Judge Arthur E. Grim '64, Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, and a member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency


Judge Arthur Grim

Judge Arthur Grim has been a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County and served as Administrative Head of the Juvenile Court from 1987 - 2007.  He served as President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 23rd Judicial District from 2004 - 2007, and is currently the Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, and a member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

In February, 2009 he was appointed as Special Master by the Supreme Court of PA to review all Juvenile Cases presided over in Luzerne County by Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. who allegedly improperly committed juveniles to two detention facilities and/or denied juveniles their constitutional right to counsel in one of the most egregious violations of public trust in the history of American Juvenile Justice.  As a result of his findings and recommendations, the Supreme Court entered an order expunging the records of over 5,000 juveniles.

Judge Grim was an Adjunct Professor at Alvernia College from 1993 to 2003, and at St. Joseph University from 1995 to 2003.  He served as President of the Pennsylvania State Trial Judges Association Juvenile Justice Section from 2003-2005, on Governor Rendell’s Cabinet on Children and Families since 2005, as Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Berks County from 2000-2002, and on the Wyomissing Foundation Board of Trustees from 2005-2010.

Judge Grim has gathered and led a broad and committed group of community leaders for the Berks County Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Steering Committee.  He has also been active and received awards for his work raising awareness of the problems associated with domestic violence and the impact it has on children.  Prior to his service on the bench, he was engaged in private law practice in Reading from 1972 until 1987.  Judge Grim received his J.D. from Duquesne University in 1972, and his B.A. from Moravian College in 1964. 

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Biographical Summary for Judge Arthur E. Grim

China Law Center Hosts Conference on Juvenile Justice, 8/31/10<>

Peter Rupert Lighte, Ph.D., JPMorgan, Vice Chairman, Global Corporate Bank, China

Location: New York

Peter Lighte Peter Lighte was the founding Chairman of JPMorgan Chase Bank (China) from 2007-2010.

Before arriving in China in 2007, he headed up International Client Coverage for Treasury and Securities Services for Europe and Asia and was instrumental in the creation of the new Corporate Bank in London.

Mr. Lighte was the President of Chase Trust Bank in Tokyo; and prior to his working in Japan, he was responsible for the International Financial Institutions Group for the Asia/Pacific region in Hong Kong. He had  managed the Financial Institutions Group in London for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and Chemical Banking Corporation before his relocation to Hong Kong in 1996.

Previously, he was a Director of Manufacturers Hanover Limited, covering the Far East/Australia – a natural development in his career, growing out of three years in Beijing as Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company's founding representative. While there, he was also President of the American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lighte joined the bank in 1979.

Mr. Lighte is fluent in Chinese and gets by in Japanese and French. In his spare time, Peter is a calligrapher of Chinese, mosaicist, painter and writer. He was on the board of the London City Ballet, has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Princeton Alumni Council, Director of the Matilda Child Development Centre (Hong Kong), JPMorgan representative to the Hayward Gallery in London and was on the Corporate Advisory Board for Hope and Homes for Children (UK).  He is on the Boards of the China Institute and Half The Sky.

Mr. Lighte holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University in East Asian Studies and is the father of two children.

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Memoirs of a Banker <>

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Travis Sky Ingersoll, MSW, MEd, Sexologist, Social Worker, Educator, Researcher, Entrepreneur at Center for Social Work Education


Travis Sky Ingersoll, MSW, M.Ed is a clinical social worker, sexuality educator and researcher based in Philadelphia.  His research publications include cross-cultural studies regarding the fear of intimacy, gender roles, suicidal ideation, and implementing clinical interventions to residents of elderly communities. His current research projects include the role of male involvement in domestic violence agencies, and a collaborative cross-cultural project investigating connections between body image, eating disorders, fear of intimacy and sexual anxiety among U.S. and Chinese college students.

Travis has lectured and facilitated interactive workshops domestically and internationally on topics including sexual orientation, intimate relationship violence, media’s role in the promotion of sexual violence among men, trans-realities and the gender spectrum, utilization of the Fear of Intimacy Scale in clinical settings, clinical social work skills, and sexuality scholarship in a multitasking world.


Rob Gifford, NPR Foreign Correspondent, Author

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Rob Gifford served as NPR's China correspondent from 1999-2005 and now serves as NPR's London correspondent. He recently published his first novel, China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power.

Gifford speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and he has traveled from Tibet to the Muslim Northwest, to the border with North Korea filing news and feature stories for NPR News. Gifford also travels widely in East Asia for NPR, covering elections in Taiwan and East Timor, diplomatic visits to North Korea, and produced a range of features on everything from Christian missionaries in Mongolia to Internet start-ups in Hong Kong.

Shortly following the events of 9/11, Gifford flew to Pakistan for the first of many reporting trips to the region. Since then, he has continued to widely report on varied Islamic issues from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Southern Philippines.

Gifford was born and raised in the U.K. where he worked for three years at the BBC World Service before moving to the US in 1994 to attend graduate school. He also spent two years at NPR member station WGBH in Boston. He holds a BA in Chinese Studies from Durham University, UK, and an MA in Regional Studies (East Asia) from Harvard University.


Da Chen, Novelist, Memorist, Children's book author & Speaker

Video of 8/29 Address (only available on campus)


Da Chen grew up in the deep south of China, running barefoot in muddy fields and riding the backs of water buffaloes. In his tiny Fujian village, water was fetched from an ancient well swimming with snakes, and the only lights that burned in most households were hissing kerosene lanterns. As the grandson of a disgraced landowner, he was a victim of communist political persecution and hollowing poverty during the Cultural Revolution. His family was beaten, his father thrown in reform camp, and young Chen, at the age of nine, was threatened with imprisonment.

Unfailing family love helped him survive in a dysfunctional society and he found unexpected love and friendship with four other hoodlum outcasts, but dreams made him soar above the poverty and persecution. His first encounter with a Christian woman, a Baptist professor, was life changing. She taught him English and opened the possibility of another world. He excelled in college at Beijing Languages and Culture University, and stayed on as a professor of English after graduating top in his class.

Da arrived in America at the age of 23 with $30 in his pocket, a bamboo flute, and a heart filled with hope. He attended Columbia University School of Law on a full scholarship, and upon graduating, worked for the Wall Street investment banking firm of Rothschilds, Inc. ....cont'd