Launched by the National Committee in 2005, the Public Intellectuals Program is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy community.
When the National Committee programmed Pittsburgh into the itinerary of a first-of-its-kind delegation of Chinese involved in the production of children's radio and television in 1983, we received a great deal of "Why Pittsburgh?" push-back from the Chinese. But we knew that any delegation looking at children's productions wouldn't be complete without a visit to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. After watching a taping of the show and talking shop with Fred Rogers (already changed out of his signature cardigan and slippers), the group was completely won over by him, as well as by the beauty and friendliness of Pittsburgh.