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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 19:30

Urban Life in China: Is Civil Society Needed for World Cities?

Prof. Philip Chmielewski

Chair, Engineering Ethics, Seaver College of Science and Engineering,

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Embassy of Mexico

墨西哥大使馆三里屯东五街5号

5 Sanlitun Dong Wu Jie

The fast-emerging discipline of engineering ethics is especially pertinent to China today. Engineering ethics guides professionals in the shaping of artifacts and systems in order to benefit the public's safety, health and welfare.

Professor Philip Chmielewski, coordinator and visiting lecturer in Engineering Ethics at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, will present the possible significance of "civil society" in today's China and how civil society is shaped through structures -- constructions achieved on the basis of engineering know-how. Using contemporary buildings and urban features found in China as key examples, Prof. Chmielewski will explore how Chinese urban dynamics could achieve social values that make communal stability, civil development growth and participatory culture possible.

Prof. Chmielewski is the inaugural holder of the Sir Thomas More Chair of Engineering Ethics at the Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as professional engineering groups ASME, IEEE and NSPE. He has taught at Boston College, the University of Detroit, Loyola University Chicago and Yale University.