China's Century? Implications for us all
Open lecture by Sir Stephen Green
Sir Stephen Green is a celebrated contributor to contemporary debates and international conversations on cultural, geopolitical, religious and environmental issues that face the increasingly connected and urbanized peoples of Europe and Asia.
In his most recent book, The Human Odyssey: East, West and the Search for Universal Values (London, 2019), Green discusses China along with other Asian cultures such as Japan, and their relationship to Europe. He explores subjects such as politics, literature, religion/theology, science, culture, constellations of power throughout history and current offsets, and asks: What will be the future of Eurasia?
Viewed geopolitically, the main question is whether and how the world views of the two most important and influential powers on the new world stage - China and America (the one fundamentally Confucian, the other essentially individualist) - can be constructively synthesized. At a deeper level, though, the great question is whether and how the irreversible fact of urbanization will nurture the growth of human individuality in every society, such that the wisdom of others transforms and enriches all those great Eurasian cultures.
Stephen Green served as Group Chairman of HSBC Bank (2005-2011) and was then Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the British government (2011-2013. He now chairs the Natural History Museum in London and Asia House. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England and a member of the House of Lords (Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint).
He is the author of a number of books, including
· Reluctant Meister: How Germany’s Past Is Shaping Its European Future, London 2014
· The European Identity: Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny, London 2015
· Brexit and the British: Who Are We Now?, London 2017
· The Human Odyssey: East, West and the Search for Universal Values, London 2019
This lecture is organized in cooperation between The University of Oslo (UiO) and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
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