Indiana University Bloomington
100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic of China

Date:  Friday, October 14, 2011

Time:  10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
            Free and Open to the Public

Location:  Faculty Room, Indiana Memorial Union

During the first two weeks in October, celebrations from Hong Kong to Taipei to Beijing to Honolulu to Vancouver will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命), which began with the Wuchang Uprising on October 10, 1911 and ended on February 12, 1912 with the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty and the founding of the Republic of China.  Three renowned historians help us understand the significance of the revolution to Greater China’s present and future by exploring how it shaped China’s “rise” through a century of “humiliation” by Western powers, civil and world wars, revolution, economic and political transformation, shifting cross-border identities, and the pursuit of global influence and social harmony. 

With generous support from the IU Institute for Advanced Study, this symposium is sponsored by the IU East Asian Studies Center and the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute.


10:00-10:30      Introductory Remarks

10:30-12:00      China’s 1911 Xinhai Revolution: After the Future of the Past
                                Geremie Barmé, 2011 Institute for Advanced Study Branigin Lecturer
                                Director, Australian Centre on China in the World
                                The Australian National University

12:00-1:30        Lunch Break

1:30-3:00          The Chinese War and Peace:  An Intimate Portrait of 1911 in Chengdu
                                Kristin Stapleton
                                Director of Asian Studies
                                University at Buffalo

3:00-3:15           Break

3:15-4:45           China from 1911 to 2011:  Thoughts on Sun’s Dreams and Hu’s Reality
                               Jeffrey Wasserstrom
                               Chair, Department of History
                               University of California-Irvine