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Shadows of Maoism


Sep 26 2019


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Shadows of Maoism

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Shadows of Maoism

With Xi Lian and Orin Starn

Mao Zedong ranks among the world’s most influential figures of the past century, a pop icon in the West and the founder of the Communist Chinese state. Yet the more disturbing aspects of Mao’s rule and thought have drawn more attention in recent years. This lunchtime conversation between Divinity School Professor Xi Lian, the author of the recent book Blood Letters about the Cultural Revolution-era dissident Lin Zhao, and anthropologist Orin Starn, whose new coauthored The Shining Path tells the story of a Peruvian Maoist movement, will explore Mao’s legacy in China and around the world.

This event is free and open to the public. Light lunch provided. Co-sponsored by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and the Duke Divinity School.


Xi Lian

Duke University

Xi Lian is Professor of World Christianity at the Duke Divinity School. His research is focused on China’s modern encounter with Christianity. His first book, The Conversion of Missionaries (1997), is a critical study of American Protestant missions against the backdrop of rising Chinese nationalism in the early twentieth century.…...

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Orin Starn

Duke University

Orin Starn is a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University. Early in his career he worked for many years in Peru, and is lead editor of the popular The Peru Reader as well authoring his own book Nightwatch about Andean village organizing. Starn's more recent books address topics ranging…...

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