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Alienation of Enlightenment: Rethinking the May 4 Movement, Featuring Fairbank Center Visiting Scholar Qin Hui

May 7 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

Qin Hui, public intellectual and historian, will give a talk on Tuesday, May 7, titled “启蒙的异化:五四再反思,” “Alienation of Enlightenment: Rethinking the May 4 Movement.” Professor Yuhua Wang, Professor of Government, Harvard University, will be the discussant.

The talk and Q&A will be in Chinese.

Harvard University ID required. Please register with Weijing Guo (wguo@fas.harvard.edu), as seating is limited.

Qin Hui (秦晖) is a historian and public intellectual. He retired as Professor of History, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, in 2017 and then served as a Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Qin’s primary field is economic history and peasant studies. Qin, who has written extensively on issues relating to social justice in China’s countryside, is currently focusing on China, globalization, and the “new Cold War.”

Qin’s recent research includes three broad topics: China, globalization and the “new Cold War”; China’s social economy during the Cultural Revolution; and rethinking the lessons of the May Fourth Movement—what he calls “the failure of the second wave of global democratization.”

Qin graduated with a Masters Degree from Lanzhou University in 1981. Before coming to Harvard this year, Qin was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo. Qin was a Visiting Fellow at the Fairbank Center in 2003.


May 7
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
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Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


CGIS South, Room S050

1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States

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