DATE: August 1, 2006
CONTACT: Ronnie Hess, Director of Communication, Division of International Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison, (608) 262-5590, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT “WORLD BEYOND OUR BORDERS” SERIES EXAMINES REVOLUTION AND REFORM IN CHINA, CONTEMPORARY JAPAN,
KAMIKAZE PILOTS, RWANDAN GENOCIDE
Madison, WI – Edward Friedman’s Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village China will lead off the University of Wisconsin-Madison International Institute and Borders Books’ new “World Beyond Our Borders” series on Tuesday, September 12. Friedman is a UW-Madison professor of political science who has written extensively on rural China during the turbulent years of the Cultural Revolution and post-Mao era. His recent work, published by Yale University Press and co-authored with Paul G. Pickowicz and Mark Selden, has been called “ a monumental achievement” conveying “the micro-history of world-shaking events.”
“World Beyond Our Borders,” now beginning its fourth year, features UW-Madison faculty discussing their recent books. All events are at 7 p.m. at Borders West, 3750 University Avenue, Madison. Dates subject to change. Other authors in the series include:
Tuesday, October 10
UW-Madison professor of political science David Leheny on Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety in Contemporary Japan. Leheny’s book, published by Cornell University Press, traces what happened when Japan tried to enforce international norms on terrorism and child prostitution . “Insightful social science is rarely such fun,” UC Berkeley’s director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, T.J. Pempel, has said.
Thursday, November 9
UW-Madison professor of anthropology Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney on Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers. This moving book, issued by the University of Chicago Press, presents diaries and correspondence left by Japan’s kamikaze or tokkotai pilots. Outside of Japan, the kamikaze were considered unbridled fanatics willing to sacrifice their lives for the emperor but Professor Ohnuki-Tierney poignantly testifies otherwise.
Tuesday, December 5
Through interviews with people intimately involved in the 1995 Rwandan genocide, professor of political science Scott Straus considers one of the conflict’s most disturbing aspects – that the perpetrators of the mass violence were “everyday people,” neighbors who became killers in an extermination campaign that eliminated 75 percent of the country’s Tutsi population. Straus will discuss two of his most recent books, Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide, published by Zone Books, and The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda, issued by Cornell University Press.