Reflections of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Professor Xu Youyu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Scholar in Residence, The New School.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the launching of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The “cultural” revolution was full of violence and suppression, and shrouded in conspiracy. It stunned the world and lasted 10 years. However, the topic has been a taboo in discourse and academic studies in China. The seminar series, attempting to address some of the crucial questions concerning the movement, is comprised of four parts, with each part focusing on a different theme. The speaker will deal with key controversies surrounding each theme and develop his own positions.
- Thursday, April 14, 2016; 4:00-5:30 PM
Red Guard and Mass Organization: This first seminar will examine the motives behind the Red Guards and their rebellion? Were they striving for practical benefits or political ideals? Was their rebellion an effort to overthrow the existing regime or to continue revolution? How were factions formed, and what was the role of factions? Was there one or two Cultural Revolutions?
- Thursday, April 28, 2016; 4:00-5:30 PM
This talk will be held in Room 529 80 Fifth Ave. NY, NY 10011
Why did Mao Zedong Launch the Cultural Revolution: This seminar will explore Mao’s motives in launching the Cultural Revolution. Was the movement a political purge under the disguise of anti-revisionism? Was it a fight for social ideals, or simply a power struggle?
- Thursday, September 29, 2016; 4:00-5:30 PM
Student Movements, 1968: In Industrialized Countries and in China: This seminar will explore Mao’s motives in launching the Cultural Revolution. Was the movement a political purge under the disguise of anti-revisionism? Was it a fight for social ideals, or simply a power struggle?
- Thursday, October 13, 2016; 4:00-5:30 PM
Impact and Legacy of the Cultural Revolution: Was the Cultural Revolution a period of great democracy or anti-democracy? Why do Mao’s former loyal followers fight for democracy? Do Chinese today condemn the Cultural Revolution, or view it with some nostalgia?