Orville Schell

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US–China Relations at the Asia Society and a former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. He is a coauthor, with John Delury, of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century. His most recent book is a novel, My Old Home. (March 2022)


Mount Everest and the Main Rongbuk Glacier, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, 2007; photograph by David Breashears. For a view of the same landscape in 1921, see the following page. Both photographs will be in the exhibition ‘Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya,’ at the Asia Society Museum, New York City, July 13–August 15, 2010.

The Message from the Glaciers

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis

Working Group I Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water—The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century

by Fred Pearce

Too Smart for Our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind

by Craig Dilworth

Black Soot and the Survival of Tibetan Glaciers

by Baiqing Xu, Junji Cao, James Hansen, and others

On Avoiding Dangerous Anthropogenic Interference with the Climate System: Formidable Challenges Ahead

by Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Y. Feng

The Great Melt: The Coming Transformation of the Arctic

by Alun Anderson

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May 27, 2010 issue

China: Humiliation & the Olympics

Dark Matter

a film directed by Chen Shi-Zheng

Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895–2008

by Xu Guoqi

China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society

by Daniel A. Bell

China's New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy

by Peter Hays Gries

China's Great Leap: The Beijing Olympic Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges

Edited by Minky Worden, with an introduction by Nicholas Kristof

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August 14, 2008 issue

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