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Human Rights Symposium Planned Nov. 9

Human Rights Symposium Planned Nov. 9

UC Riverside scholars will discuss the impact of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo.

(November 5, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A symposium on “The Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo, and Human Rights” will be held at UC Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Humanities 2212.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

Discussants include:

• Perry Link, distinguished professor of Chinese literature and language. Link, an internationally respected scholar of China, is a friend of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October. Link helped translate Charter 08 – a Chinese citizens’ manifesto published in December 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights – into English. Link is the author of “The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System,” “Two Kinds of Truth: Stories and Reportage from China,” and “Chinese Primer,” an elementary Chinese textbook.

• Bronwyn Leebaw, assistant professor of political science. Leebaw teaches courses on international politics, human rights, political theory and feminist theory. Her research interests include movements for international and transitional justice, the relationship between international human rights and humanitarianism, and education reform in war-torn countries. One of the creators of UCR’s peace and conflict studies minor, she is the author of “Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imaging Political Change,” which Cambridge University Press will publish in 2011.

• Hongjian Wang, a graduate student in comparative literature and foreign languages. Wang did an internship in Summer 2010 with Ai Xiaoming, who is another friend of this Nobel laureate. Among her research interests are 20th century Chinese and British literature, and 19th century French literature.

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