The 2015 David M. and Lyn Silfen University Forum and Gala Celebration of Penn in China

The relationship between China and the United States has never been more important to world peace, prosperity, and politics. Nothing less than their own domestic wellbeing and that of the world depends on the ability of these two great powers to effectively cooperate—and compete— in addressing the global challenges of economic stability, social and industrial development, terrorism, geopolitical and military competition, and other major issues facing the global community. Each of the Silfen Forum participants brings a wealth of insight and experience to Sino-U.S. relations, global geo-politics, international finance, entrepreneurship, higher education, and technological innovation.

In their wide-ranging conversation with Penn President Gutmann, the Silfen Forum participants focused on the centrality of China and the United States in shaping political, economic, technological, and social developments in the Asia-Pacific sphere—and globally—in the 21st Century. Together, they explored the strategic dimensions of Sino-US relations and emerging areas of cooperation in business, technology, finance, and higher education that have the potential to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and China. The Silfen Forum also highlighted how higher education and the ever-increasing cross-cultural exchange of scholars, students, and knowledge, play an essential role in promoting greater understanding, cooperation, and partnership in solving some of the biggest challenges of our time.

Penn: University of Pennsylvania

The David and Lyn Silfen University Forum series has been generously endowed by University Trustee David M. Silfen and his wife Lyn to foster conversation and debate regarding important contemporary issues.

Amy Gutmann is President of the University of Pennsylvania and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Communication.