Twenty years ago, the eminent historian Maurice J. Meisner could be found blasting away at the ludicrous notion that China had turned a corner from its totalitarian past.
Arriving back in the United States shortly before Tiananmen Square and the massacre of protesters, Meisner noted that the actions of the Chinese government were not surprising and that China would not let large organizations outside the Communist party exist.
Today through Saturday (June 4-7), a conference honoring Meisner and his scholarship will feature 20 of his former Ph.D. students--now faculty members themselves--who will come together to present scholarly papers.
The conference, The 20th Anniversary: Reflections on History and Change in Modern China, is being held in Madison at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Pyle Center. The event is open and free to the public.
Attend if you can.
Maurice J. Meisner
Over the course of his career, Maurice J. Meisner, Harvey Goldberg Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has made numerous significant contributions to the history of modern China through his studies of Marxism, socialism, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and the People's Republic of China, among other.
Location of The Pyle Center
Situated along the beautiful Lake Mendota shoreline in the heart of the UW-Madison campus, The Pyle Center and The Lowell Center are located within a block of each other. Both facilities are just steps away from the Memorial Union, Library Mall, and other key points of interest including vibrant State Street — providing easy access to the best of downtown Madison and all UW-campus activities.