Human Rights Activist to Discuss China’s Future at Susquehanna University
Published on September 30, 2011
Human rights activist Dimon Liu will explore the question, “Is Democracy Possible in China?” on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater at Susquehanna University. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Liu was born in China and immigrated to the United States in 1965. She became a human rights activist after witnessing conditions in China during a three-month trip there in 1972. She has urged human rights organizations to embrace Chinese concerns, systematically briefed journalists on conditions in China, taught Chinese citizens how to get involved in politics, and organized human rights initiatives within Chinese pro-democracy groups. At the U.N. Sub-Commission on Human Rights in 1989, she initiated and organized an intervention that resulted in an unprecedented U.N. reprimand against China on human rights abuse. She has testified before Congress on human rights conditions in China and regularly briefs Capitol Hill on related issues.
Liu’s writings on human rights, rule of law, democracy and military strategy have appeared in many journals and newspapers, including the Asian Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Newsday and The Washington Times.
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement.
Karen M. Jones