The day dedicated at the Colleges to celebrating China will include a symposium on China featuring a distinguished alumna and a dinner to celebrate a generous gift to the Colleges’ library. It will conclude with the naming of the Colleges’ Asian collection after an alumna who is a nationally recognized scholar in that area. The public is invited to attend the symposium. The Colleges’ radio station, WEOS 89.7 FM, will also broadcast the event live.
Elizabeth J. Perry, the Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and a William Smith alumna, will speak on “Revolution Betrayed? The Fate of Revolutionary Militias in China (and Other Post-Revolutionary Societies)” at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in the Geneva Room. A pre-eminent scholar of Chinese politics, Perry is the author of 12 books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the winner of the prestigious John King Fairbank prize and sits on the editorial boards of nearly a dozen major scholarly journals. A comparativist, her research focuses on popular protest and grassroots politics in modern and contemporary China.
Mark Selden, professor of sociology at SUNY Binghamton, Sherman Cochran, professor of history at Cornell University, and Patricia Stranahan, dean of faculty and provost, will provide short perspectives on the talk.
During the fall, Selden, the Bartle Professor of Sociology and History at Binghamton University and Professorial Associate in the East Asian Program at Cornell University, decided to donate much of his expansive library of works on Asia to the Colleges’ Warren Hunting Smith Library. The collection comprising the Asia library will be named for Elizabeth Perry, William Smith Class of 1969.
At a dinner that evening, the Colleges will officially dedicate the Elizabeth J. Perry ’69 Asia Library. William Atwell, chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the Colleges, Bill Crumlish, Colleges’ librarian, Selden, Stranahan, and HWS President Mark D. Gearan will all make remarks.
The Sunday, April 6, Geneva Finger Lakes Times ran an announcement of the event, detailing the schedule of the day.