Thursday, January 31, 2013

China Seminar Series at Bryant: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

You are invited to the upcoming China Seminar at Bryant University:

China Seminar Series
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D.
Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University
Time: 5-6:30pm, Thursday, February 7
Location: Grand Hall, Bello Center, Bryant University

Dr. Ezra F. Vogel is Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, at Harvard University and former Director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Harvard University Asia Center. Dr. Vogel is regarded as one of the world’s top scholars on China studies. His recent book Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China has received wide recognition:

“This is an impressive and important biography of one of the most important men of the twentieth century. Deng Xiaoping transformed China economically, politically, and socially. One of the most significant achievements for his and my country was the establishment of diplomatic relations between us. The book provides an excellent account of this historic event.”
--President Jimmy Carter

“If you want to understand China today, you must understand Deng Xiaoping (1904–97)...Deng shared Mao's ambition to make China a strong nation under party leadership, but he cannily built an unassailable position within the party to take it in new directions. Vogel interviewed dozens of leaders and China experts, as well as Deng's family, did exhaustive documentary research, and mines the scholarly literature (a good deal of it by his former students) to analyze Deng's initial success in building China's economy and international position, frustration in the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, and ultimate legacy...Massive but fascinating, this is highly recommended for those with a serious interest in modern China. Indispensable in understanding Deng, what he accomplished, and where he fell short.”
--Charles W. Hayford (Library Journal 20110901)

“Deng Xiaoping's skill, vision, and courage in overcoming seemingly insuperable obstacles and guiding China onto the path of sustained economic development rank him with the great leaders of history. And yet, too little is known about the life and career of this extraordinary man. In this superbly researched and highly readable biography, Vogel has definitively filled this void. This fascinating book provides a host of insights into the factors that enabled Deng to triumph over repeated setbacks and lay the basis for China to regain the wealth and power that has eluded it for two centuries.”
--J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China

China Seminar Series are free and open to the public. Chinese refreshments will be served.

Kongli Liu
Assistant Director for Academic Programs
U.S.-China Institute
Bryant University
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