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The Socialist Tale of the Yellow River

September 25, 2017
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

David A. Pietz
University of Arizona
UNESCO Chair of Environmental History

The Yellow River is both the “mother of Chinese Civilization” and “China’s sorrow.” Every Chinese ruler from the mystic Yu the Great to the early 20th century premised his mandate on the state’s capacity of ordering this water, whose dikes ruptured nevertheless. Yet forty years of high modernism and high socialism led to the most “extreme makeover” of the Yellow River. Professor Pietz will tell this socialist tale, and how it is destined to promise still more watery tears in the century ahead.

Category: CNY Humanities Corridor