Anybody who reads this column (does anybody read this column?) will be pleased to see the following announcement.
GILLIBRAND, COLLEAGUES RECOMMEND PROFESSOR JEROME ALAN COHEN FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of his extraordinary work as a champion for human rights in East Asia, today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading 5 of her colleagues in a bicameral letter to President Biden recommending Professor Jerome Alan Cohen for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Over the course of his career, Professor Cohen helped create the field of East Asian legal studies, shaping how we understand China and East Asia in the U.S., and was a key player in the establishment of relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. He has also helped secure the release of numerous individuals detained by authoritarian regimes, including CIA officer Jack Downey and democracy activist and later Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu.
The letter was also signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representatives Daniel Goldman (D-NY-10), Jim McGovern (D-MA-2), and Jerrod Nadler (D-NY-12).
Read Senator Gillibrand’s full letter recommending Professor Cohen here.