The Washington National Cathedral hosts a unusual program Wednesday night featuring Chen Guangcheng, the blind lawyer and activist who escaped house arrest in northeast China and took refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing before obtaining a student visa to enter the United States. After he speaks, The Atlantic‘s James Fallows will moderate a panel.

The event, this year’s Ignatius Program, is called “In Search of China’s Soul: Money, Politics, and the Pressure for Social Change.” The program begins at 7:30 in the Cathedral nave.

Following Chen’s talk, explains a release, a panel of top China experts will discuss the issues he raises and explore questions such as: Where is China headed? Is it America’s friend or foe? Where is China’s moral center, and who speaks on its behalf?

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