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February 17, 2011

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Andrew Walder


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Andrew Walder (PhD, '81), Denise O’Leary and Ken Thiry Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University

Re-thinking the Cultural Revolution: The Red Guards and Beyond

Part of Alumni Lecture Series: The coming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Many events are being planned to mark this historic milestone, including inviting our alumni to give some of the presentations in the CCS Noon Lecture Series. We hope you will be able to join us for all of the many interesting noon lectures planned for this coming year and next.

February 22, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The scholarly understanding of mass political conflict during the first two years of China's Cultural Revolution has undergone pronounced changes in recent years. Professor Walder will talk about how this understanding has changed, beginning with his recent book, Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement, and with his subsequent work on the power seizure and factionalism in Nanjing, and his new research project on the rapid spread of the movement throughout China's provinces, down to the level of rural counties.

Andrew Walder is the Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 1981. A political sociologist, Walder has long specialized in the sources of conflict, stability, and change in communist regimes and their successor states. He joined the Stanford faculty the fall of 1997, and previously held faculty positions at Columbia, Harvard, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His recent publications include Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (2009); The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, edited with Joseph Esherick and Paul Pickowicz (2006); "Ambiguity and Choice in Political Movements: The Origins of Beijing Red Guard Factionalism," in the American Journal of Sociology (2006); and "Nanjing's Failed January Revolution of 1967: The Inner Politics of a Failed Power Seizure;" China Quarterly 203 (2010).

Posted by zzhu at February 17, 2011 12:17 PM