6:30pm – 8:00pm
The American clipper ship, a technological marvel, established the trading relationship between China and the U.S. in the mid-19th century. In Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship, the maritime historian Steven Ujifusa chronicles the ship’s invention and how it propelled a golden age of trade and commerce, forever changing the economies and societies of both countries. Among the risk-taking daredevils and shrewd businessmen who owned clipper ships were Franklin Delano II, the grandfather of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Abiel Abbot Low, whose family endowed Columbia’s Low Library. Join us for a conversation with the maritime historian Steven Ujifusa, author of Barons of the Sea, and Nick Platt, former U.S. Ambassador and President of Asia Society. >more info on the upcoming eventShop Now
and April 25
Designer appearance 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Founder of Lao Textiles, Carol Cassidy discusses her dedication to revitalizing the indigenous Laos textile industry by creating magnificent silk weavings that preserve traditional techniques while incorporating modern sensibilities. Shop and expansive array of her signature brocades, jacquard weaves, and ikats. Her book, Weaving Tradition, will be available for signing.
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Historically, women throughout the world have been sorely underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as in businesses that are driving STEM industries. In 2017, the United States Department of Labor reported that women accounted for 42.2 percent of full-time workers in the life, physical, and social sciences, while only 25.2 percent worked in computer and mathematical fields. In architecture and engineering, only 14 percent of full-time workers were women. According to a 2016 Report on Gender Diversity in Silicon Valley, just 6.3% of Silicon Valley’s 150 most successful public companies have women serving as top technology, engineering, and research executives. At a time when diversity and representation are at the forefront of a national conversation, how can we bridge the gender gap in business and tech?
Join us for an inspiring conversation with two influential, barrier-breaking Asian American women, Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani and prominent women’s advocate Nina Davuluri. They have each made it their mission, through myriad successful initiatives, to empower and educate girls and women in business and tech. Hear about their successes and challenges in navigating STEM industries and their unique experiences as Asian American women. >>more information on the upcoming eventShop Now