Tiananmen in History and Memory

A Conference Organized by Harvard College Students to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Movement

April 26, 2014, Saturday 9am-6pm

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

Open to the public. Register here for the conference.

Cross-generational Dialogue Panels with: Jeff Widener, the Tank Man photographer; Adi Ignatius, Wall Street Journal Beijing Bureau Chief in 1989; co-editor of Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang. Dan Southerland, Beijing Bureau Chief for the Washington Post in 1989; Dinda Elliot, Former Beijing Bureau Chief of Newsweek; Claudia Rosett, former editorial-page editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal in 1989; professor Wu Guoguang, speechwriter for former premier Zhao Ziyang; survivor Fang Zheng, whose legs were crushed when a tank drove over him; student leader Shen Tong, co-chair of the Student Dialogue Delegation in 1989, Liane Lee, a Hong Kong college who witnessed the massacre in 1989; Zhou Fengsuo, student leader at Tsinghua University in 1989; listed number 5 on the 21 most wanted list after the Massacre.

Student Paper Panels with: Professors William Kirby, Mark Elliott, Martin Whyte, Arthur Waldron, Paul Cohen, Pei Minxin, Victor Falkenheim, Roderick MacFarquhar.

Student Performance directed by Bex Kwan ’14, with violinist Lynn Chang ’75, who played at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Liu Xiaobo.

Special thanks to: The Freshman Seminar Office; Provost Fund for the Arts and Humanities; Weatherhead Center Undergraduate Fund; Elson Arts Fund; Media and Technology Services

Register here to secure a seat!

Join us in our commemoration of the events of 1989.

Image adopted from the cover of Rowena’s Tiananmen Exiles.

Tiananmen Symposium 2011

Students who took the Tiananmen seminar in 2011 organized a class symposium to present their studies. The symposium was the subject of at least 14 media stories. For more information about Symposium 2011, visit the website here.

Our seminar instructor Rowena He.

Our seminar instructor Rowena He.

Professor MacFarquhar giving the closing remarks.

Professor Merle Goldman during Q&A session.


Professor Michael Szonyi with two Canadian student panelists.