Previous Special Lectures in Social Sciences

Asian Studies Lecture Series

 "Historical Roots of Shanghai’s Modern Miracle”


Parks Coble, James Sellers Professor of History 

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

"Historical Roots of Shanghai’s Modern Miracle” PDF 

Parks Coble, the James Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, has authored three important monographs on Republican China-era Shanghai:The Shanghai Capitalists and the Nationalist Government, 1927-1937 (Harvard, 1980),Facing Japan, 1931-1937: Chinese Politics and Japanese Imperialism (Harvard, 1991), and Chinese Capitalists in Japan’s New Order, 1937-1945 (U California, 2003).  This will be Professor Coble’s third visit to Weber State University. 

“Shanghai’s Evolving Financial Market, 1921-1950:
The Hard Road Between the Market and Politics” 


Wu Jingping, Professor of Diplomatic and Economic History
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

“Shanghai’s Evolving Financial Market, 1921-1950:
The Hard Road Between the Market and Politics” PDF

 Wu Jingping, Fudan University Professor of Diplomatic and Economic History and Director of the China Financial History Center.  He is a native of Shanghai and an expert on Sino-American economic relations, having authored half-dozen books, including a seminal biography of Chinese Finance Minister T.V. Soong. He is currently doctoral advisor to Fudan University graduate students working on the joint research series [The Hoover Institution and Fudan University Modern China Research Series: Leadership and Archival Documents].  It is a great honor for us to host Professor Wu, who will be making his first official visit to a U.S. campus.


“Fatal Attractions:
 
Chiang Kai-shek, T. V. Soong,
H.H. Kung, and Shanghai’s Financial Market, 1928-1949” 

A Roundtable Discussion with Wu Jingping (Fudan U),
Parks Coble (U Nebraska), and Greg Lewis (Weber St)

Parks Coble, the James Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, has authored three important monographs on Republican China-era Shanghai: The Shanghai Capitalists and the Nationalist Government, 1927-1937 (Harvard, 1980), Facing Japan, 1931-1937: Chinese Politics and Japanese Imperialism (Harvard, 1991), and Chinese Capitalists in Japan’s New Order, 1937-1945 (U California, 2003).  This will be Professor Coble’s third visit to Weber State University.

 Wu Jingping, Fudan University Professor of Diplomatic and Economic History, is also Director of the China Financial History Center.  He is a native of Shanghai and an expert on Sino-American economic relations.  Professor Wu has authored a half-dozen books, including a seminal biography of Chinese Finance Minister T.V. Soong (Song Ziwen)(1993) and is currently doctoral advisor to a dozen Fudan University graduate students working to extend the joint research series [The Hoover Institution and Fudan University Modern China Research Series: Leadership and Archival Documents], which he conceived and started in 2005.  It is a great honor for us to host Professor Wu, who will be making his first official visit to a U.S. campus.

Dr. Gary NashUCLA Professor and Director
National Center for History in the Schools

“The Liberty Bell in Peace and War: An American Icon"

Starting out as the Pennsylvania Statehouse bell, and later appropriated by abolitionists as the "Liberty Bell," this 2000 pound unstable  mix of metals eventually became the key symbol of American identity and the vessel of their ideals. It's many lives, at home in Philadelphia and across the nation in seven road trips, the bell has now become a beacon of hope for people worldwide.

Several of Dr. Nash’s books will be available for signing and purchase at the lecture.


LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
MAKING SENSE OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 

“Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” is a reading and discussion program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Utah Humanities Council,   the Fort Douglas Museum, the History Department of Weber State University, and the Weber County Library.  Dr. Branden Little and Dr. Richard Sadler from Weber State University are the two scholars who will be involved with leading the discussions during the program.  Kathryn Pudlock who is the manager of the Pleasant Valley Branch of the Weber County Library system will be in charge of local and library arrangements.  All sessions will be held at the Pleasant Valley Library, 5568 Adams Avenue, Ogden, Utah (phone 801-337-2690).  All sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the designated date.  Please note the readings for each session.  Copies of the three books for this series can be checked out from the library on the first evening, and if needed, on following evenings of the program.

 The books for the series include:

  • Geraldine Brooks, March
  • James McPherson, Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam
  • Edward Ayers, editor, America’s War, Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries (co-published by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2012)

An Evening of Discussion with Mark Rudd

“Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen”

Mark Rudd has been an organizer and activist since 1965.  He was chairman of the Columbia University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society in 1968 when the Columbia campus erupted in a major protest against the Vietnam War and racism; he was elected the last national secretary of SDS in 1969, helped found the revolutionary Weatherman faction of SDS and the Weather Underground; was a federal fugitive from 1970-1977.  Since 1978 he's lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, worked as a community college math teacher, and has been active in anti-nuclear, peace, anti-racism, environmental, and union movements; he's also been active in helping to organize a progressive wing of the NM Democratic Party.  Mark published his memoir, Underground:  My Life in SDS and Weatherman, covering the years 1965 to 1977.  This book will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.  Come discuss history and the current political situation with Mark.