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Democracy in China Explored in UNH International Seminar

By Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau

October 1, 2001

DURHAM, N.H. -- Merle Goldman, professor emerita of history at Boston University and a prominent scholar in the field of Chinese history and culture, will discuss her research and what it says about the possibility of democracy in China Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building, room 330, at the University of New Hampshire.

Goldman's seminar, "Can China Democratize?" is the first in this year's New Hampshire International Seminar series, "Civil Society and Social Change in the Age of Globalization." The seminars are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.

The author of a number of books on modern Chinese history and culture, Goldman's last two books, "China's Intellectuals: Advise and Dissent" (1981) and "Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China"(1994) were selected by the New York Times Book Review as among the most notable books of their respective years. She is also the co-author of "China: A New History" with John K. Fairbank.

In addition, Goldman has edited six books ranging from a discussion of Chinese culture in the early decades of the 20th century to science and technology in post-Mao China. Her latest edited book is "An Intellectual History of Modern China" (2001). Her new research is on "From Comrade to Citizen in the People's Republic of China: The Struggle for Political Rights in Post-Mao China."

The New Hampshire International Seminar Series is sponsored by the UNH Center for International Education and the UNH Center for the Humanities, in association with the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series, "Globalization and Social Movements," with support from the Yale-Maria Fund and the Class of 1957. For more information, call 603-862-2398.

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