*DUE TO THE SPEAKER'S SCHEDULE, THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 AT 6:00 PM US CENTRAL TIME
"How Chinese Intellectuals Are Trying To Fill In Blank Spaces in Contemporary Chinese History"
Since taking over leadership of China in 2012, Xi Jinping and his allies have sought to impose a narrative in which China's history is objective, linear, inevitable and glorious--a tale of triumph over tragedy, led since 1949 by the Communist Party. Yet for all this massive effort, a guerilla army of writers, intellectuals, filmmakers, and other thinkers promulgate and preserve history from below. They are not overseas dissidents or historians but people inside Chinese who seek to bring light to China's recent past, filling in the silence that has suffused society when it comes to sensitive subjects.
Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He is a winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars program for a new book he is writing on China's unofficial history. Johnson first went to China as a student in Beijing from 1984 to 1985, and then in Taipei from 1986 to 1988. He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China, from 1994 to 1996 with Baltimore's The Sun, and from 1997 to 2001 with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered macro economics, China's WTO accession and social issues.
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