Orville Schell

Senior Fellow

Orville Schell

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City. He was previously dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a member of the Pacific Council, a regular participant in the World Economic Forum at Davos and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist and traveled widely in China.

He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and authored 14 books. He is currently at work on a new book, an interpretation of the last 100 years of Chinese history. Schell serves on the boards of Human Rights Watch, the Sundance Documentary Fund jury and the Social Science Research Council. He has served as a television commentator for several network news programs, has worked both as a correspondent and consultant for a number of PBS Frontline documentaries and was the correspondent for an Emmy award-winning "60 Minutes" segment.

As a senior fellow, Schell focuses on the future of news.

Contact Schell at commlead@usc.edu.

Orville Schell In the News

"I think we see a much more open situation of certainly a much more commercialized media and a more competitive media scene," said Senior Fellow Orville Schell. In an article publish by China Daily, Schell lays out a timeline for the increased amount and transparency of the Chinese media.

Senior Fellow Orville Schell was cited in an article on Bloomberg News entitled When Can the Chinese Expect Their Arab Spring?

Amidst the riots in Libya, many fear that China will follow in the steps of many middle eastern countries and begin taking to the streets in violent protest. Not so, says Senior Fellow Orville Schell. "I think most Chinese do feel that things are going pretty well in China, economically at least to date," said Schell in CNN. "Obviously there are some dissatisfied elements, but I don't think that there's the same level of cause for a populist uprising."

Senior Fellow Orville Schell was quoted in an article in The Nation entitled "Can Olbermann and Gore Democratize The Media?" The piece examines if the new television network, Current, being launched by former Vice President Al Gore will be a game-changer in the realm on political debate on TV.

Senior Fellow Orville Schell's book Mandate of Heaven was cited in an article in The New Yorker for the strong parallels present in the China uprising in Tienanmen Square in 1989 and the recent civil riots taking place in Egypt. "It was bracing to be reminded in vivid, emotional detail of just how murderous the People's Liberation Army was when ordered to clear the protest," says author of the article Steve Coll. "The students and the urban workers who had persuaded themselves that they were near victory were also stunned by the Army's indiscriminate, decisive violence. They seemed to expect until the last hours that the military would stand with them. We can hope, at least, for something better in Egypt during the days ahead."

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