Going Back: A Peace Corps Teacher Returns to China after Twenty Years


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler, staff writer at the New Yorker and contributing writer at National Geographic Magazine, returned to Fuling, China, twenty years after serving there as a Peace Corps volunteer. The radical transformations he observed to the geography, economy, and people from China’s urbanization fueled three of his bestselling books. Join us on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:00 PM ET for the 2022 S.T. Lee Lecture with Peter Hessler as he delves into his research in Fuling, experience teaching at Sichuan University, and his work covering the Chinese side of the pandemic for the New Yorker. 

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