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East Asia Expert to Speak on Future of China

November 3, 2008

Dr. Ross Terrill, expert on East Asia, will discuss the future of China at Lindenwood University at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, as part of the school’s 2008-09 Speaker Series.

The event, which will be in Spellmann Center’s Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room on the main campus (209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301), is free and open to the public. Terrill’s talk is titled “China: On the Edge of Greatness or Peril.”

Terrill is a China specialist and research associate at Harvard's Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies. The author of nine books, Terrill was raised in rural Australia, graduated with first class honors in history and political science from the University of Melbourne in 1962 and served in the Australian Army.

He won a Frank Knox Fellowship to Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. in political science in 1970. His thesis on the philosophy of R. H. Tawney was awarded the Sumner Prize and was later published as Socialism As Fellowship. He was appointed to the Harvard faculty upon completion of his doctorate and became associate professor in 1974.

While teaching at Harvard in the areas of political thought, Chinese politics, and international affairs, he wrote 800,000,000: The Real China, The Future of China: After Mao, Flowers on an Iron Tree: Five Cities of China, and the original edition of Mao.

He was for a decade a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly and won the National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence and the George Polk Memorial Award for Outstanding Magazine Reporting for writings on China.

In 1979 he became an American citizen. Terrill has visited China almost every year for many years and within China his book Mao in Chinese translation has sold more than 1.5 million copies. His Madame Mao has also appeared there in Chinese in a restricted edition.

The 2008-09 Lindenwood University Speaker Series, which is new this year, started in September and includes 11 speaker events in all and extends through mid-April. For more information, visit


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