Summer Lecture Series 2023


Summer Lecture Series 2023

Presented in conjuction with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding 

China and the United States:  Can Competitive Coexistence be Maintained?

The Summer Lecture Committee is excited to announce our 2023 series, which will be held live at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH and via livestream! (Spaulding Auditorium is not available due to ongoing construction.)

Fridays, July 7 - August 11, 2023
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (eastern time)
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH
and Livestream


Tickets are $135 per person for Osher at Dartmouth members, $165 per person for non-members. Click the link below to register to attend in person at the Lebanon Opera House, or to join via livestream. Call the Osher office at (603) 646-0154 for assistance.

Full series (in person)
Full series (livestream)


Tickets for single sessions are $35 per person, per session. Click the links below to register to attend any session in person at the Lebanon Opera House, or to join via livestream. Call the Osher office at (603) 646-0154 for assistance.

Session 1: July 7 (in person)
Session 1: July 7 (livestream)

Session 2: July 14 (in person)
Session 2: July 14 (livestream)

Session 3: July 21 (in person)
Session 3: July 21 (livestream)

Session 4: July 28 (in person)
Session 4: July 28 (livestream)

Session 5: August 4 (in person)
Session 5: August 4 (livestream)

Session 6: August 11 (in person)
Session 6: August 11 (livestream)



There is so much that the United States and China could do together, for their citizens and for the world. Yet today they remain at daggers drawn. Over the last decade their relationship has only worsened. Visitors to Washington and Beijing are struck at how embittered the most consequential relationship of our time has become. Compounding the tensions, bilateral U.S.-China talks are at a standstill.

Over the past four decades, China has undergone impressive economic development that has transformed the country into a global power second only to the United States. According to the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Monetary Fund, China’s economy is already the largest in the world. China has used its considerable wealth to expand its worldwide influence as well as to develop impressive diplomatic and military strengths.

The United States is still, by far, the richest country in the world in terms of per-capita Gross Domestic Product. Its dollar is the world’s trading currency. America’s entrepreneurial business culture, freedom of the press, and legal norms are the envy of the world, as are its universities and research centers. The U.S. military remains the only globally capable force.

What changes must take place to enable China and the United States to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure mutually beneficial competition and avoid conflict?

This summer’s lecture series aims to address these questions by inviting recognized experts and officials from the United States, China, and Canada to examine the conflicts and suggest a way forward.


July 7, 2023—U.S. Competition With China:  How Should We Think About It?

Speaker: Professor David Shambaugh, George Washington University

Moderator:  Professor Pamela Crossley, Dartmouth College

July 14, 2023—The Military Challenge:  Is Conflict Inevitable?

Major General  (Ret.) Zhang Li, Senior Advisor, China Institute for International Strategic

USN Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, Director of National Maritime Intelligence-Integration  and Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence

Moderator:  Sarwar Kashmeri, Foreign Policy Association & Host,

July 21, 2023—The Economic Challenge:  Is There a Win-Win Outcome?

Ambassador Huang Ping, Consul-General of China, New York
Marc Chandler, Chief Market Strategist, Bannockburn Global Forex

Moderator:  Shehzad Qazi, Chief Operating Officer, China Beige Book

July 28, 2023—The United States' and China’s Politics and Governance:  Strengths and Weaknesses

Speaker:  Professor Jeremy Paltiel, Carleton University (Ottawa)

Moderator:  Ellen Frost, Senior Advisor and Fellow, East West Center

August 4, 2023—Winning Hearts and Minds:  Who’s Doing Better?

Bruce Stokes, German Marshall Fund
Professor Maria Repnikova, Georgia State University

Moderator:  Bill Sullivan, a past President of Osher at Dartmouth and retired U.S. National Security and Intelligence executive

August 11, 2023—The Way Forward

Speaker: Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Moderator:  Sarwar Kashmeri, Foreign Policy Association & Host

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