The Library in partnership with the Camden Conference will welcome Stephen Harder for our first program in this year's series. Stephen's talk, China’s View of the World – and of America, discusses important aspects of Chinese history, culture, economics and politics that shape a Chinese view of the world – and the Chinese view of America.
Stephen Harder is an international lawyer and Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University in Shanghai. For 20 years, from 1996 through 2016, he was based in Hong Kong and Shanghai and led the China practice of an international law firm. He has acted as counsel to American, European and Japanese companies investing in China and also as counsel to China’s state owned investment funds and development banks in projects in Russia, South America and Africa. For several years immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was based in Brussels, Warsaw and Moscow, where he advised the Russian and Polish governments on their privatization programs and sovereign debt negotiations.
Stephen holds graduate degrees in law and business from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies from Princeton University. He is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. He is a native of Boston, and a resident of Rockport, Maine.