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Xiaoyuan Liu to speak at Peterson Lecture

October 31, 2014

Xiaoyuan Liu, David Dean Professor of East Asian Studies and Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will speak at UW-River Falls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, as part of the annual Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series.

The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center and will be preceded by a reception at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Liu will argue that since the early 18th century, when Tibet became a “frontier dependency” of the Qing Empire, the Tibetan frontier of China has assumed an important position in both China’s foreign and domestic affairs. From the recent past to our own time the so-called Tibetan question is never ending but its connotation has changed several times in temporal and spatial senses.

In addition, Liu will highlight a number of historical junctures of the 20th century when the Chinese, Tibetan, and other interested parties—including the U.S. and India—took different political stances on the Tibetan question and defined the question in dissimilar time frames and geographic areas.

Liu’s lecture is one of the many events featured in UWRF’s Year of China program, a program that is part of the global initiative of the university’s strategic plan and an effort to apply a multidisciplinary approach to better understand and appreciate the cultures of different nations in the world, such as Germany, China, Mexico and Brazil.

Additional information about the Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series and this year’s event is available at http://bit.ly/1q3pW8N. For more information call 715-425-3164.