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Jian-li Yang, a major leader of the Chinese democracy movement, will be the guest lecturer for the 2000 Ralph J. Bunche Symposium at Colby College in Waterville on Saturday, October 7. The 4:30 p.m. lecture in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow immediately in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union.
Yang was protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989 when hundreds of unarmed pro-democracy students were massacred. Yang’s involvement in the democracy movement has put him on a list of 49 leaders banned from returning to China by the Chinese government. Yang is president of the Foundation for China in the 21st Century and founder of the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on human rights in China. He also is the editor-in-chief of the China in the 21st Century series.
Yang received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degrees in statistics from Chinese universities. He earned a first Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkley and a second Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Yang was the 1990 recipient of the Outstanding Chinese Student in America award.
The Bunche Symposium: In the Name of Peace and Social Justice is held annually at Colby College in conjunction with the Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship program for outstanding students of color. The scholarship program was started at Colby in 1979 to honor the memory of the Nobel prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist, friend of the college and Colby parent.