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Expert on Chinese politics to speak
on ‘China’s Dangerous Future’ at SMU

Feb. 7 lecture is free and open to public

January 29, 2013

DALLAS (SMU) – Ralph Thaxton, a well-published authority on Chinese politics, will speak at SMU’s McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, on “China’s Dangerous Future: Sources of Instability and the Crisis of Communist Party Rule.”

Ralph ThaxtonThe Scott Hawkins Lecture, presented by SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, is free and open to the public. Registration is available at

Thaxton is a professor of politics at Brandeis University and an expert on Chinese politics, international relations of East Asia, comparative revolutions, and comparative democratic movements. His publications include Salt of the Earth: The Political Origins of Peasant Protest and Communist Revolution in China and China Turned Rightside Up: Revolutionary Legitimacy in the Peasant World. Thaxton received his PhD in Political Science from University of Wisconsin.

The lecture is sponsored by SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Annette Strauss Internationalizing Dallas lecture Series and SMU Asian Studies.




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