College of Arts and Sciences

Asian Studies

Schedule of Events

All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will take place at Saint Joseph's University in the Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall 112, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 23

4:00 PM “The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited” – Louisa Lim
5:00 PM Opening reception (in Mandeville Hall foyer)
6:00 PM

Screening of Gate of Heavenly Peace

Followed by brief Q&A with:

Co-director Carma Hinton
Jeff Wasserstrom (consultant on film)
Guoguang Wu (featured in film)

Thursday, April 24

8:00 AM Breakfast reception (in Mandeville Hall foyer)
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Telling the Story of the Tiananmen Movement
9:00 AM
Telling the Story to the World, Featuring: Carma Hinton, Louisa Lim
10:00 AM
Rowena He, “Surviving 1989: Tiananmen in History & Memory”
11:00 AM

The Road to Tiananmen: From Democracy Wall to River Elegy

Roundtable with audience Q&A
Moderator: James Carter
Featuring: All participants

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Aftermath: China Since 1989. Digital media and dissent since 1989

Moderator: Michael J. Lyons, Saint Joseph's University
Featured Participants:

Yang Guobin
Maura Cunningham
Wu Guoguang

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Coffee Break-Out Sessions

SJU faculty and featured participants will be matched with groups of 2-4 students for conversation related to expertise and topical interest, e.g., political science, activism, history, filmmaking, etc.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Curriculum in Exile: Teaching Tiananmen
(Catered hors-d’oeuvres will be provided)

Featured Participants:

Rowena He
Carma Hinton
Jeff Wasserstrom

5:00 PM

Teaching Tiananmen: The Basics

How to convey what’s important about 1989/Tiananmen to different kinds of classes with limited resources to devote to teaching it.

Why it’s important to teach 1989.

5:30 PM
Rowena He, “Teaching Tiananmen at Harvard”
6:00 PM

Working with Primary Sources:

April 26 Editorial
Liu Xiaobo, “Hunger Strike Manifesto”
Cui Jian, Nothing to My Name

This symposium is supported by:

  • The James and Bernadette Nealis Program in Asian Studies, Saint Joseph's University
  • The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, which is funded by the Henry  Luce and C.V. Starr Foundations.
  • WHYY Radio, Television and Web...where you go to know
  • The Department of History and the Program in International Relations, Saint Joseph's University
  • The Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Joseph's University