Chen Guangcheng has taken to life in the Big Apple. The blind Chinese dissident who fled to America has signed on for a speaking engagement this Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan alongside his mentor, New York University professor Jerome Cohen. The two men met when Chen came to the United States in 2003 as part of a State Department program. Chen, whose dramatic escape from house arrest in China caught the world’s attention weeks ago, has been living in faculty housing at NYU with his wife and children. The activist plans to study law at the university.