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Speaking Engagements

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Author Da Chen is available for keynote speaking at schools, libraries, literary festivals, collegiate diversity programs, and corporate events.

“An engaging, almost mesmerizing, speaker.”—Robert Martin, Vice President & Dean of Graduate Studies, Bard College

“I taught middle school students for many years and have heard many presenters but never one who captivated them so completely.”—Sandra Wright, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, St. Charles School District, Illinois

Da Chen grew up in the deep south of China, running barefoot in muddy fields and riding the backs of water buffaloes. Da arrived in America at the age of 23 with $30 in his pocket, a bamboo flute, and a heart filled with hope. He attended Columbia University School of Law on a full scholarship, and upon graduating, worked for the Wall Street investment banking firm of Rothschilds, Inc.

Da Chen’s books are being used as textbooks in Yale, Vassar, Wellesley, Lafayette College, Seton Hall University, State University of New York at New Paltz, Culinary Institute of America, Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, and in high schools and middle schools throughout the country. His books are translated into seven languages.

Recent and future speaking engagements:

  1. BookExpo America(the best book trade show in America with 500 other authors)
  2. Sun Valley Writers Conference (Frank McCourt, the Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Cokie Roberts, Billy Collins and Doris Kearn Goodwin)
  3. New Cannon Library
  4. Greenwich Library (with Claire Messud)
  5. New York State Institute of Writers (Albany)
  6. College of New Jersey (Diversity Month keynote speaker)
  7. Wisconsin Book Festival
  8. Sidwell Friends School of Washington DC (Keynote speaker for China program)
  9. Maret School of Washington DC( Keynote for to inaugurate the school’s China program)
  10. Schenecktady High School (State Art Grant speaker and memoir writing workshop)
  11. University of Georgia at Kennesaw (06 convocation keynote speaker)
  12. Houston Chronicle’s Annual Fund Raising Dinner for teh inner city kids Reading Program (co-presenter included, Alex Kucynski of NY Times, Kathy Reichs, bestselling crime writer, and the Steve Wozniack, co-founder of Apple Computers)
  13. James Baker Institue of Foreign Policy, Rice University
  14. University of Houston
  15. Miami Book Fair International (Nora Ephron, Julia Glass, Janet Fitch and Meg Tilly etc.)
  16. Miami Dale County Community college(Author series)
  17. Google, Inc. (Author series)
  18. Catsikll Mountain author series
  19. Poets and Writers magazine annual gala
  20. Carr Center of Human Rights Police/Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  21. North Carolina State University, Convocation keynote speaker 07
  22. Oakland Community College, Detroit (Diversity program)
  23. Esopus Public Library Grand opening
  24. Hudson Valley Reading Council Keynote speaker
  25. One of the three Judge for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Award (non-fiction 07)
  26. Winner of 2007 Rip Van Winkle Literary Award (voted by NY State’s Hudson valley school librarians for an author’s achievement in literature)
  27. Featured speaker at 07 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival

References

“We were honored to have New York Times best-selling author Da Chen (COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN) in attendance as one of our esteemed readers at the second annual Arts & Letters benefit at The New-York Historical Society. He joined best selling author, Mr. Gay Talese (The Bridge) and National Book Award Finalist, Amy Bloom, (A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You) and our 2001 honoree, Marcia Gay Harden, (Academy Award ® Winner, Pollock) as we honored world-renowned Soprano Renee Fleming – who has just released her new album, Bel Canto, and will perform this fall at the Metropolitan Opera in Il Pirato.

“Laughter, applause and sighs littered the auditorium…His presence and performance was inspiring – as an event planner, and as a member of the audience – and I would encourage anyone considering Mr. Chen as a feature at an event.”—Jennifer A. Serena, Special Events YMCA of Greater New York, Arts & Letters Benefit

Da Chen brings to life the China of his youth—he is an engaging, almost mesmerizing, speaker.”—Robert Martin, Vice President & Dean of Graduate Studies, Bard College

“I taught middle school students for many years and have heard many presenters but never one who captivated them so completely.”—Sandra Wright, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, St. Charles School District, Illinois

“You enchanted the students with your words, easy nature, and your flute.”—Taryn. R. Iorlano, Assistant Principal, Myers Corners Middle School

“He held our teachers riveted…At the close, this keynote speaker earned a standing ovation from our teachers, a notoriously difficult audience to impress. These teachers called me the following morning to report “the most memorable Staff Development Day ever.”—Marie Bacigalupo, Director of Humanities, Queens High Schools Office

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