Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Xu Wenli -- China: Great Changes Ahead

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wilson 102

China: Great Changes Ahead

A Lecture and Q&A Session with Xu Wenli on the Future of China

Hosted by the Asian American Students Association

Tuesday, March 20th

5:30-6:30pm, Wilson 102

Xu Wenli, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, will be speaking about the great social and political changes coming to China. He will focus on issues such as the Taiwanese elections in January as well as the upcoming leadership change in China later on this year. Mr. Xu came to international prominence after the Democracy Wall Movement in 1978, where he was arrested and imprisoned. After his release in 1993, Mr. Xu proceeded to create the first opposition party within China and was imprisoned again in 1998 after establishing the China Democracy Party. In total, Mr. Xu spent 16 years in jail for his advocacy of human rights. He was released again in 2003 to the United States and has pursued research and teaching activities here at Brown University ever since. He was hailed by the BBC as “The Godfather of Dissent” and by Nancy Pelosi as "China’s bravest, most eloquent and most measured advocates of democracy."

Food and drinks will be provided.