Warden of Merton from 1994 to 2010 and Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, Dame Jessica Rawson, and the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, once Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten of Barnes, came together in Oxford for our second Merton Conversation of the year, moderated by Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and Fellow of St Cross College.
A packed TS Eliot Theatre enjoyed a wonderful evening of stimulating and varied debate on China and the West in this, the first UK Merton Conversation of the Anniversary Year. Professor Rawson and Lord Patten covered topics as wide-ranging as ethnicity and education, China's demographics and economics, politics and culture, as well as its rich history and the question of its future, in a discussion expertly moderated by Professor Mitter.
The evening concluded with a delightful reception with wine and canapés, where guests mingled with the speakers and lively debate ensued.
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