The Clash Between Liberalism and New Leftism in China
Noon Lecture Series Xu Jilin (Shanghai Normal University)
Wednesday, January 16, 2002The turn of the century has witnessed a sharp clash between “liberalism” and “new leftism” in China.The controversy signals that the 20-year Chinese reform is now facing a critical choice: From this point forward, where shall China go and how shall it get there? Unlike former ideological controversies in the PRC, the current disputants on both sides share the same background: they were products of the intellectual enlightenment of the 1980s and they all once were the staunchest advocates of reform. Yet, during the 1990s as a market economy really began to take root in China, intellectuals themselves came to disagree fundamentally about the rationality and the direction of the reform. Xu Jilin is professor of history at Shanghai Normal University and director of the Association of Chinese Historians. A prominent intellectual historian, he has published widely on Chinese intellectuals and modern culture, among other subjects.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public
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