2010 Edgar Snow Symposium

14th Biennial Edgar Snow Symposium


October 18-20, 2010

Kansas City, Missouri


Mark your calendars and make your reservations for the 14th Biennial Edgar Snow Symposium.  The Edgar Snow Symposium brings together business, civic and academic leaders from Kansas City and China to discuss key issues of the day.  The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the China Society for People’s Friendship Studies.

This year’s Symposium includes panel discussions on secondary education, entrepreneurship, international medical research and a special double session on energy and the environment.  It will be an event you won’t want to miss.  Register early to reserve your seat.

Monday, October 18, 2010

9:00 – 11:30 AM

InterContinental Hotel, Conference Suite 141

Exploring Opportunities for Collaborations Among Elementary and Secondary Schools.

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Diastole Scholars’ Center, Kiva

Remembering Edgar Snow.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

9:00 – 11:00 AM

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

International Entrepreneurship – China and the U.S.

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Mayor’s Energy Summit Part I : Green Solutions

6:00 – 9:00 PM

InterContinental Hotel Ballroom

Energy Summit/Edgar Snow Banquet

6:00 – 7:00 PM  Reception (Cash Bar)

7:00 – 9:00 PM  Dinner & Program

Keynote Speakers:

Hon. Mark Funkhouser, Mayor, Kansas City, MO.

Minister Counselor Zhang Ping, Chinese Embassy, Washington, DC

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

9:00 – 11:00 AM

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Mayor’s Energy Summit Part II

Clean Energy

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Stowers Institute for Medical Research


International Medical Research


Meet the Past: Edgar Snow

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Kansas City Public Library

Central Branch

Hosted by: Crosby Kemper, III


All of the panel presentations including the Mayor’s Energy Summit are open to the public and free of charge.  Some of the venues have limited seating capacity so we ask that you make reservations for the presentations.  Reservations may be made beginning September 30. 2010 through the Central Ticket Office at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (www.umkc.edu/cto) or by calling 816-235-6222.


The Energy Summit/Edgar Snow Banquet provides an opportunity to interact with colleagues from China and to explore new networks and areas for potential or future collaboration.  The program will include a musical interlude by two Chinese students from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance followed by keynote presentations by Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and Minister Counselor Zhang Ping from the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC.

Individual tickets for the banquet are available for $85 per person.  Sponsorships are also available for those who would like to both enjoy the evening and expand efforts in building relationships with China.  All of the sponsor levels include a table for 10 and will be recognition during the program.

  • Silver Sponsor         $1500.00
  • Gold Sponsor           $2000.00
  • Platinum Sponsor   $2500.00

Banquet reservations and any of the above sponsorships may made beginning September 30, 2010 through the Central Ticket Office at UMKC  (www.umkc.edu/cto) or by calling 816-235-6222.  Please make your reservations no later than October 14, 2010.

Special Performance

The Wednesday evening performance, “Meet the Past: Edgar Snow”, is part of a series of historical interviews conducted by Mr. Crosby Kemper III.  Reservations and registration for this event should be made separately from the Symposium panels.  Instruction are included in the following announcement.

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by local actor Bob Brand on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Snow, born in Kansas City in 1905, was a journalist best known for his writings about China in the 1930s, most especially Red Star Over China, a largely favorable account of Mao and his Communist Red Army guerrilla forces. The book introduced Mao and his “agrarian reformers” to the western world and made Snow famous. Snow went on to write The Battle for Asia in 1941 and Stalin Must Have Peace in 1947.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the event. Call 816.701.3407 or RSVP online. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.  This event is co-sponsored by the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund.


The principal host for the Edgar Snow Symposium is The Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, Inc.  The Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 volunteer organization registered in Missouri and headquartered in Kansas City.  It’s primary mission is to facilitate activities which promote understanding and mutually beneficial academic, business, civic and culture opportunities for both Kansas City and China.

The Edgar Snow Symposium is one example of those activities and is offered to the public free of charge.  The Fund’s revenues are based solely on the contributions and support of our patrons.  If you find the Symposium of interest, we invite you to help us continue to provide similar programs.  Please consider making a contribution in any amount you feel appropriate.  Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to The Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, c/o Diastole Scholars’ Center, 2501 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.  Checks should be made payable to “The Edgar Snow Memorial Fund”.  On behalf of our Board of Directors, I thank you and hope to see you at this year’s Symposium and future Edgar Snow Programs.

Keeping in Contact

If you would like to stay apprised of activities at Diastole and with the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, please share your name and contact information with us.  We respect your privacy and do not sell, rent or otherwise divulge personal information.  If you would like to be on our notification roster, please call Nancy Hill or Diane Magers at Diastole (816-235-8855) or e-mail your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to edgarsnow@umkc.edu.


  • Intercontinental Hotel

401 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, MO 64112

Parking at the hotel.

  • Diastole Scholars’ Center

2501 Holmes Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

Parking on the grounds behind the building

  • Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

4801 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO 64110

Parking at the Conference Center

  • Stowers Instittute for Medical Research

1000 East 50th Street

Kansas City, MO 64110

Parking in the garage at the Institute

  • Kansas City Central Library

14 W. 10th Street

Kansas City, MO

Parking garage at the Library


Leo Morton


University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)

Kansas City, MO

Gary Pettett, M.D.


Edgar Snow Memorial Fund

Kansas City, MO

Jin Yongjian


China Society for People’s Friendship Studies

Beijing, CHINA


October 18, 2010 9:30-10:00 AM

Leo Morton


University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)

Kansas City, MO


October 18, 10:30-11:45

Linna Place (Moderator)

Director, Int’l. Academic Programs


Kansas City, MO

Etta Hollins

Kauffman Endowed Chair in Urban Teacher Education

UMKC School of Education

Kansas City, MO

Vicki Porter

Campbell Middle School


Lee’s Summit, MO

Carey Clark

UMKC Innovation Center

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Kansas City, MO

Wu Fengqin

Deputy Principal

Beijing National Day School

Beijing, CHINA


October 18, 2010 3:30-5:00 PM

Gary Pettett, M.D. (Moderator/Presenter)

Edgar Snow Memorial Fund

Kansas City, MO

Sun Hua

Edgar Snow Research Center

Peking University

Beijing, CHINA

Robert Farnsworth

Professor Emeritus


Kansas City, MO


October 19, 2010 9:00–11: AM

Michael Song (Moderator)

Bloch School of Business & Public Administration


Kansas City, MO

Teng-Kee Tan

Dean, Bloch School of Business & Public Administration


Kansas City, MO

Guoqiang Yang

Consul General, China

Consulate General Office

Chicago, IL


October 19, 2010 2:00-4:00 PM

Bob Berkebile (Keynote Speaker)

Principal, BNIM Architects

Kansas City, MO

Bob Berkebile, FAIA (Moderator)

BNIM Architects

Chairman, Kansas City Environmental Management Commission

Kansas City, MO

Tee Ching Seng

Secretary General, Khmer Royal Charity Foundation (Cambodia)

Secretary General, Int’l. Eco-Safety Cooperation Society

Jiang Mingjun

Vice President, UN/International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Sciences

Director General, Int’l. Eco- Safety Corporation

Ron Coker

Burns & McDonell

Kansas City, MO

Chester Yang

CEO, CorStar International Co.


October 20, 2010 9:00-11:00 AM

Jin Liqun (Keynote)

Chairman, Supervisory Board

China Investment Corporation

Beijing, CHINA

Karl Brooks (Keynote Speaker)

EPA Region 7 Administrator

Kansas City, MO

Dennis Murphy (Moderator)

Chief, Environmental Office

City of Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO

Shan Fengpin

President, Int’l Ecology and Safety Magazine

Exec. Deputy Secretary General, Int’l. Eco- Safety Corporation

Thomas H. Roberts

President, cfm Distributors, Inc.

Kansas City, MO

Michael Chesser

Chairman & CEO, Great Plains Energy Company and KCP&L

Kansas City, MO

Dean Oskvig

Energy CEO

Black & Veatch

Overland Park, KS


October 19, 2010 7:00-9:00 PM

Hon. Mark Funkhouser

Mayor, Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

Zhang Ping

Minister Counselor

Chinese Embassy

Washington, DC


October 20, 2010 2:00-4:00 PM

Betty Drees, M.D. (Moderator)

Dean, School of Medicine

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

John Lantos, M.D.

Director, Center for Pediatric Ethics

Children’s Mercy Hospital

Kansas City, MO

Stephen Spielberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Past Vice President for Global Pediatric Drug Development

Johnson and Johnson Co., Inc.

Professor of Pediatrics & Pharmacogenomics

Children’s Mercy Hospital

Kansas City, MO

Ting Xie

Principal Investigator

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Kansas City, MO

Jiang Chengyu

Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

Peking Union Medical School

Beijing, CHINA

NOTE: Faculty participants may be subject to change as circumstances arise.  Any changes will be announced at beginning of the respective panel sessions.

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