Chen to Speak in New York City

    NEW YORK - MAY 19:  Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng gesters before making remarks to the media upon arriving on the campus of New York University on May 19, 2012 in New York City. China allowed the activist to leave a hospital in Beijing and board a plane for the U.S., a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic standoff between the two countries. (Photo by Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

    Andy Jacobsohn

    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.

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