Great Wall of China Tour
At the Wall
Jeremiah Jenne is an American writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He has appeared on Al Jazeera English, NPR, APM Marketplace, Beijing Radio, and the Sinica Podcast. Jeremiah produces and co-hosts the podcast Barbarians at the Gate and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups. Jeremiah also maintains the popular Chinese history website granitestudio.org.
David is a historian focusing on the Great Wall. He specializes in bringing to life this rich, colorful, and sometimes salacious material for visiting groups. His article “Raid of the Scorned Mongol Woman” was recently published in a scholarly journal, and he has collaborated with the photographer Jonathan Ball on “China’s Great Wall: The Forgotten Story,” a series of oversized photographs of Great Wall battle sites that has so far been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. David has been profiled by Peter Hessler in the New Yorker, has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in two Discovery Channel documentaries. He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Dartmouth, an MA in history from Beijing University, and a JD from Harvard Law School. With the exception of three years in law school, he has lived in China continuously since the 1980s. Before he began full-time research of Great Wall history, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
W. Chad Futrell has spent almost twenty years studying, conducting research, and working in China and South Korea, including consulting for numerous NGOs. Chad is currently the Executive Director of Student Life at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, where he oversees the Deep Dive mobile learning course, Practical Training Project internship program, and Chinese and English language programs. He was previously the Center Director of the CIEE Study Center at Peking University and Minzu University of China. Before shifting into higher education administration, Chad won several teaching awards for his courses on China’s development and environmental challenges, international relations, government, and business culture. An avid hiker, Chad has led groups to many sections of the "wild" Great Wall, and has designed and led study abroad programs in various places in China including Tibet, the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, rural Guizhou Province, and the border regions of North Korea and Russia. Chad spent his undergraduate years studying Chinese religion and philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Sussex before spending several months studying Zen Buddhism at South Korea’s Songgwangsa Temple. He later completed graduate work in Environmental Management, Asian Studies, and Development Sociology at Cornell University, and earned certificates of Advanced Chinese and Korean from Tsinghua and Sogang universities, respectively. His research and language studies were generously supported by Fulbright-Hays, Korea Foundation, and FLAS fellowships, among others.
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