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The lecture series honors the memory of Professor Ed Peterson, who taught at UWRF from 1954 to 2005. It addresses issues that were the focus of Dr. Peterson's academic life and are still relevant today: war and peace, abuses and limits of power, the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.

Free and open to the public

Time, Space, and China's Tibetan Frontier in the 20th Century

Dr. Xiaoyuan Liu, David Dean Professor of East Asian Studies and Professor of History, University of Virginia

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

4:00 p.m. Reception
4:30 p.m. Lecture

Kinnickinnic River Theater, Rm. 320, University Center

Potala Palace, Tibet

Topic description

Since the early 18th century, when Tibet became a "frontier dependency" of the Qing Empire, the Tibetan frontier of China has assumed an important position in both China's foreign and domestic affairs. From the recent past to our own time the so-called Tibetan question is never ending but its connotation has changed several times in temporal and spatial senses. 

Professor Xiaoyuan Liu's talk highlights a number of historical junctures of the twentieth century, at which the Chinese, Tibetan, and other interested parties—including the United States and India—took different political stances on the Tibetan question and defined the question in dissimilar time frames and geographic areas.

Brief biography of Dr. Xiaoyuan Liudocument
More about Dr. Xiaoyuan Liulink


We have 30 free parking spaces: printable dashboard parking permitdocument - good only for UC Pay2 Lot (south of University Center), Nov. 4, 2014, 3:45 - 6:30 p.m. For first 30 arrivals.

Those arriving after 30 permits are in use, may purchase a permit at the pay station in the parking lot.

Free parking is also available on the side streets north of Cascade Avenue and possibly on 6th Street near the Power Plant.

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Sponsored by

  • Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series Endowment
  • History and Philosophy Foundation
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • History and Philosophy Department

Past Events

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

German Immigrants, Transatlantic Ties, and the Perils of American Pluralism, 1840-1940
Dr. Kathleen Neils Conzen,link Thomas E. Donnelley Professor Emerita of American History, The University of Chicago

Photos by Kathy Helgeson
News Release

Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

On Stillness: European Political Fiction in the Age of Extremes
Professor Rudy J. Koshar,link St. Olaf College

Photoslink by Kathy Helgeson
News releasedocument

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Security Against Democracy: The Legacy of the Cold War at Home
Professor Elaine Tyler May
, University of Minnesota

Photos by Jens Gunelson
News release

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

Human Rights: A Revisionist History from the French Revolution to the Present
Professor Eric D. Weitzlink, University of Minnesota

Photos by Jens Gunelson
News release

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Joseph McCarthy and His Times: Fifty Years Later
Professor Richard Friedlink, University of Illinois at Chicago

Photos by Jens Gunelson
News release

The inaugural event

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007

When 'Never Again' is a Cliché: The Complicated Role of Rescuers in Genocide
Professor Stephen Feinstein
, University of Minnesota and UWRF Professor Emeritus

Photos by Jens Gunelson
News release

Dr. Stephen Feinstein (1943-2008), Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, directed the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the last ten years. A scholar of Russian and Soviet history, Professor Feinstein began teaching courses on the Holocaust at UW-River Falls. He taught and lectured on issues related to genocide throughout the world; he published numerous articles on holocaust and post-holocaust art, served as a curator for traveling exhibits and co-edited works on artistic memory of the holocaust. His book,Absence/Presence: Critical Essays on the Artistic Memory of the Holocaust,link was published by Syracuse University Press in 2005. The Center he established and directed until his death, hosts conferences, sponsors lectures and exhibits, and fosters research and scholarship on the holocaust and genocide.

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Contributions may be added to the fund over time. Any questions may be directed to Zhiguo Yang, History and Philosophy Department, zhiguo.yang@uwrf.edumail 715-425-3164 or UWRF Foundation Office, foundation@uwrf.edumail 715-425-3505.

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