Conference, October 1-2, 2016

Sonoma State University, Student Center, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Sponsors: School of Social science, Department of Sociology, Social Justice and Activism Club, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

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Vision statement: This conference offers a critical evaluation of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution after fifty years. The presenters bring their own direct experience and/or knowledge of the Cultural Revolution, which will advance our understanding of its positive value for the workers and peasants in China, as well as around the world. The discussions will inform a new generation of radicals and critical thinkers on the importance of this period in world history.

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Conference Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 1 – 2, 2016

9:30 – 10:00 am Registration (Coffee and Tea)

10:00 am Opening remarks by sponsor

Opening remarks by Ann Tompkins

10:15 – 12:45 pm Panel One – Socialist Change and its Agents during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

Thomas Lutze – “The Radical, Utopian Workplace: Western Economists’ Observations of Socialist China during the Cultural Revolution”

Li Huaiyin – “Everyday Power Relations in State Firms in Socialist China: A Reexamination”

Han Dongping – “Understanding the Violence of the Cultural Revolution and the Function It Served”

Cole Huther – “Productive Exclusivity and The Cultural Revolution”

12:45 – 2:30 pm Lunch

2:30 – 5:00 pm Panel Two – Reversal and the Legacy of the Cultural Revolution

Richard David – “The Cultural Revolution and Its Reversal: Implications for Population Health”

Abraham Zamcheck – “Rejecting Class by Accepting Revisionist Understandings of Class: The Case of Shengwulian”

Pao-yu Ching – “What did the Cultural Revolution accomplish?”

Tang Liqun – The Altered Historic Memory: The Case of Ding Ling’s Experience During the Cultural Revolution

5:00 – 6:30 pm Films

6:30 pm Dinner (closing remarks for ongoing work)

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

10:00 am Open Discussion Meetings for all participants and possible additional films


  1. Hi

    My name is Lara Wolfe and I study Chinese at the University of Cambridge. I am currently writing a dissertation on how the policy changes towards foreigners on 8th September 1966 and in January 1968 impacted the foreign community in Beijing.

    I am currently trying to research how these policy changes impacted the lives of the children in the community, since a lot of them went to local schools and spoke Mandarin, and I am also interested in how these policies affected the relationships within the foreign community.

    I would be extremely grateful if you could provide any insight on either of these issues or if you could pass this email on to anyone who you think would be willing to answer my questions.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Lara Wolfe


    1. Hi Lara – I hope that you got information from Ann. I think one of her assistants was helping with emails, so I hope so.

      You probably get the updates, but in case not, I just wanted to let you know that Ann died two weeks ago, but she instructed that she wanted work to continue. So it is!

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