Events Calendar Year 2005





China Millennium Council proudly honors President Bill Clinton’s efforts put forth of his Global Initiatives during the 2005 inaugural event held September in New York City. The distinguished assemblage included King Abdullah II, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Secretary General Kofi Annan, Vice Premier Shimon Peres, Maya Angelou, and Rupert Murdoch.

The nonpartisan Global Initiatives conference concentrated a diverse and select group of current and former heads of state, business leaders, noteworthy academicians, and key NGO representatives to identify immediate and pragmatic solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Workshops focused on resolving poverty issues; integrating religion as a force for reconciliation and conflict resolution; and implementing innovative business strategies and technologies to combat climate change; and strengthen governance.  The Clinton Global Initiative was underwritten by Rochester NY native, Tom Golisano, along with inaugural partners Microsoft, Yahoo and Google.

Bill Clinton toured Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences during his visit to Rochester, en route to the NHL Sabres hockey game in Buffalo, New York. A guest of CEO Paychex Chairman and founder, Tom Golisano, and RIT President Dr. Albert Simone, both played hosts to Bill Clinton while he presented an overview of his global initiatives to a campus audience.

The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. To advance this mission, the Foundation has developed programs and partnerships in the following areas:

  • Economic Empowerment

  • Health Security with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS

  • Racial, Ethnic and Religious Reconciliation

  • Education, Leadership Development and Citizen Service

"Because we want to live in a world which is not dominated by a division of people who live on the cutting edge of a new economy and others who live on the bare edge of survival, we must be involved ..." - William J. Clinton. To read more about the current work of the Foundation and the Clinton Presidential Center, please visit




Maya Lin epitomizes global concerns of our modern millennia and redefines the concept of a monument, by addressing critical social and ideological issues of modern society - war, racism and gender equality, as reflected by her highly acclaimed and controversial works, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial [Washington DC. 1982], the Civil Rights Memorial [Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery AL. 1989], and The Women's Table [Yale University, New Haven CT. 1993]. Her architectural works include the Sculpture Center  [Long Island City, NY. 2002], the Langston Hughes Library for the Children's Defense Fund [Clinton TN. 1999]; and the Asian Pacific American Institute and Studies Program for New York University, 1998. Lin recently completed an earthwork at The Wanas Foundation in Sweden, as well as a chapel for the Children's Defense Fund in Clinton TN and a large-scale environmental installation for Ohio University in collaboration with Tan Lin, a language poet.

Lin was one of four artists commissioned for Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland, an exhibition that toured through Europe and the United States. Maya's work has recently been shown at the Kunstindustrimuseet in Denmark, the Wanas Foundation in Sweden, and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee.

A devoted environmentalist, Lin molded a ten thousand square foot field of grass into a land sculpture entitled The Wave Field [University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1995]. For Groundswell [Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH. 1993] Lin combined the aesthetics of eastern Zen gardens with the Native American's cultural precept of the ancient mound builders'  earthworks to create a site-specific sculpture of broken glass.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame will honor Maya Lin and ten outstanding American women during its 2005 Induction Weekend - Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th in Seneca Falls, NY – birthplace of the women’s rights movement.


China Millennium Council proudly honors the efforts of Cornell University’s President Jeff Lehman at the Cornell MOSAIC, a landmark conference to celebrate diversity and advance inclusion at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  "Life. Wisdom. Sustainability."  Life in the age of the genome, wisdom in the age of digital information and sustainability in the age of technological progress and economic development. Cornell is uniquely positioned to address challenges of the future.

By extolling Cornell's distinctive position among the world's great universities in its "founding commitments to coeducation, to nonsectarianism, to diversity broadly understood, to a pairing of theory and application, to a principle of equal respect for classical and practical studies," and in its "reverence for all forms of insight, alloyed with a passion for active contribution to the welfare of humanity”, Cornell University President Jeff Lehman reiterated the university's commitment to "Any Person, Any Study". He embraced the concept of Pedagogic Diversity Leadership as a critical component of educational and social leadership.

The university continues to promote "the meaningful integration of our community along as many dimensions as possible … to fortify Cornell's efforts to expand its presence around the globe as it emerges as an ever more transnational university." Cornell's medical college campus in Qatar reflects one "exceptional form" of presence in the world, including faculty-to-faculty collaborations across national boundaries and university-level partnerships with peer foreign institutions. Moreover, Cornell formalized agreements with Qinghua University and Beijing University in China.

"Each requires strength across the full range of disciplines where this university excels," he remarked, "and each will benefit from the spirit of multidisciplinary collaboration that is our hallmark. Each of these plans will structure the support and integration of our many existing efforts”. Let us ensure that the intellectual breadth of our university is brought to bear on the fundamental challenges of our time. ... The result will be a truly transnational university. A university with worldwide presence. A university whose research has universal impact. A university whose graduates become leaders around the globe. "


Leading Alzheimer’s specialist Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi visits The University of Rochester School of Medicine’s Nathan Shock Center for Excellence Seminar Series. Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is an internationally renowned neurogeneticist spearheading the research for novel therapies of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Rudolph Tanzi has been investigating human neurodegenerative disease since 1980 when he joined a study with Dr. James Gusella which led to discovery of the Huntington's disease gene. Subsequently he focused on Alzheimer's disease and in 1987 isolated the first familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) gene, the b-amyloid protein precursor. In 1993, Dr. Tanzi isolated the gene responsible for Wilson's disease and collaborated in isolating the gene causing a familial form of Lou Gehrig's disease. He played a key role in identifying two other FAD genes in 1995.

Since then Dr. Tanzi has continued to examine Alzheimer's disease, most recently investigating how defects in the known AD genes cause neurodegeneration. Moreover, he has been engaged in large-scale attempts to identify novel genes associated with late-onset typical AD. He is scientific founder of two biotech companies, TorreyPines Therapeutics and Prana Biotechnology, which are currently developing novel therapies for Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Re
searchers have linked two major genetic changes to old-age Alzheimer's and are on the trail of four or five more. These mutations do not cause the disease, but rather increase the risk of developing it. One, ApoE4, increases the risk of getting the disease three- to four-fold.  A second potential gene mutation, called UBQLN-1, was identified this month by Dr. Tanzi,  who is working on Alzheimer's drugs, said he believes it may increase the risk one- to two-fold, but its specific role in the disease has not been determined.

Professor Tanzi serves on numerous editorial boards and the recipient of many prestigious awards, including The Metropolitan Life Foundation Award for Medical Research and The Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's and Related Disorders. He also received the French Foundation Fellowship Award, the Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences Award, the Nathan Shock, and the Alzheimer's Association T.L.L.Temple Award. He belongs to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Aging. He has co-authored over 250 research articles and the book Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer's disease. Professor Tanzi holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Harvard University.

In addition to his medical and scientific accomplishments, Rudy Tanzi is a gifted classical pianist and composer who has recorded over a dozen CDs.  He is the creator of The Quiet Mind Project, which promotes through his music, the inner tranquility of the listener, a deeper sense of kindness and humanity, and nurtures the unity of Oneness.

China Millennium Council is proud to present Dr. Rudy Tanzi with the “Oneness of Humanity” award in recognition of his pioneering medical discoveries to better humanity. March 30, 2005 also marks the "Proclamation of Dr. Rudolph Tanzi Day" by the Mayor's Office of Rochester, designating this day to honor his stunning and remarkable revelations in Alzheimer's research. The community is invited to a public lecture and author book signing event on Wednesday, March 30, 2005, from 4:00-5:30PM at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Community Center Room, Second Floor, Pittsford Plaza, Rochester New York 14618. For information, pls call Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Pittsford Plaza, Tel no 585-586-6020.




U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
and President Bill Clinton
at the Clinton Global Initiative





Bill Clinton, RIT President Dr. Simone
and Paychex CEO Tom Golisano
at the Golisano College of
Computing & Information Sciences








Maya Lin, Design Architect & Artist
2005 Inductee
National Women's Hall of Fame












Cornell University President Jeff Lehman
and Cornell Alumnus Mary Ho
Cornell Mosaic Conference
Ithaca, New York







Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph. D.
Professor of Neurology, Harvard University
Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital






"Decoding Darkness:
The Search for the Genetic Causes
of Alzheimer's Disease"
Perseus Books









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