THE KUHN FOUNDATION
The Kuhn Foundation, based in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading organization that advances understanding and meaning of science and philosophy, facilitates international understanding of China, and promotes good relations between the United States and China.
The Kuhn Foundation operates projects and programs in science/philosophy, education, culture, and informational exchanges and conferences/workshops between China and the international community. Projects focus on co-productions of television series and miniseries in and about China, and programs on the pursuit and dissemination of new knowledge and understanding in science and philosophy via public television and new media.
The Kuhn Foundation was founded by Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who is its chairman and president.
Mr. Adam Zhu is vice chairman and executive vice president of The Kuhn Foundation; he is executive producer of The Kuhn Foundation television productions in China.
The Kuhn Foundation Chairman Robert Lawrence Kuhn was awarded the “China Reform Friendship Medal” by President Xi Jinping and Chinese leaders on the 40th anniversary of China’s historic reform and opening up (December 2018). The medal, China’s highest award, honors 10 foreigners who contributed to China over the four decades; five are living; Dr. Kuhn is one of two Americans.
Since 1998, The Kuhn Foundation has worked with the State Council Information Office on projects and programs, including “A Close Look at China” in New York (September 2000) and a high-level seminar on the international media featuring leading American media professionals and senior SCIO officials, heads of provincial Information Offices, senior executives of Chinese media industries, and senior editors from major Chinese news media (January 2000).
The Kuhn Foundation works with the Central Academy of Socialism (United Front) in co-organizing and co-hosting conferences and workshops with leading Chinese and foreign experts, including an academic forum on “Chinese Civilization and China’s Road” (2019) and closed meetings for candid exchanges between American and Chinese experts.
The Kuhn Foundation co-produces, with CGTN/CCTV, the weekly program “Closer To China with R.L.Kuhn” on Chinese politics, economics, society and foreign affairs, featuring in-depth interviews with China’s thought leaders and decision makers. Since 2015, over 200 episodes have been broadcast on CGTN globally and in China. The Kuhn Foundation also co-produces, with CGTN/CCTV, special documentaries on President Xi Jinping’s “targeted poverty alleviation” campaign.
The Kuhn Foundation co-produces, with Shanghai Media Group, the five-hour documentary miniseries “China’s Challenges” (three seasons), which won China News Award (first prize, 2013, 2018; second prize, 2015), Emmy (Los Angeles, 2016), and Telly Award (2017, 2018). “China’s Challenges” has had >4,000 station broadcasts on PBS stations in the U.S.
The Kuhn Foundation produces Closer To Truth,the long-running public television series and website on science and philosophy, featuring world-renown scientists and philosophers exploring the meaning and implications of big questions: Cosmos (cosmology, physics, mathematics, philosophy of science); Consciousness (brain, mind, intelligence, free will, personal identity, philosophy of mind; Meaning (science & theology, philosophy of religion, critical thinking). Peter Getzels, Closer To Truth producer/director.
Broadcast since 2000, Closer To Truth has produced TV 290 episodes (as of mid 2019) and has broadcast them on over 200 PBS and public television stations in the U.S. Since 2008, over 200,000 station-episodes have been broadcast in 19 seasons. New seasons are in production.
Closer To Truth’s website — www.closertotruth.com— features over 4,000 videos and has over 2 million webpage views/year (almost half of website visitors come from outside the U.S, representing almost every country).
The Closer To Truth YouTube channel — https://www.youtube.com/user/CloserToTruth1/featured— has over 10 million views (more than 3 million views per year).
The Kuhn Foundation produced the award-winning documentary on the life and music of composer Aram Khachaturian (“Khachaturian”), which won “Best Documentary” at the Hollywood Film Festival.