Celebrate & Defend Liu Xiaobo

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to scholar and activist Liu Xiaobo of China. Liu is a prominent government critic who has repeatedly called for human rights protections, political accountability and democratization in China. He co-authored “Charter 08,” a proposal for political and legal reform in China. He is serving an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power”.

Let’s celebrate the Nobel announcement and learn about Liu Xiaobo’s struggle, hopes and dreams for China. A video compilation of interviews of Liu will be presented. This will be followed with an analysis by Portland State University Political Science Professor Bruce Gilley, who recently testified at a hearing titled, “Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and the Future of Political Reform in China” before the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The program will conclude with a call for action by Amnesty International Group 48.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Browsing Lounge (Rm 238), Smith Memorial Student Union,
Portland State University

Address: 1825 SW Broadway, Portland (Google Map)

Bruce Gilley is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. His research centers on democracy, legitimacy, and global politics, and he is a specialist on the comparative politics of China and Asia. He is the author of four university-press books. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Contemporary China, and the European Journal of Political Research. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University from 1989 to 1991 and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Princeton University from 2004 to 2006.


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