UNC Speaker Series Presents Hu Fayun: A Writer for China’s Changing Times

Award-winning author Hu Fayun, whose writings were once banned by his government, travels from China to the University of Northern Colorado for a weeklong speaker series Oct. 5-8 in Greeley.

Hu's keynote presentation, "Purgatories and Euphoria: Coming of Age During China's Cultural Revolution," will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Panorama Room at the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. The presentation is open to the public free of charge.

In his writings, Hu details the tremendous changes in Chinese culture that he has experienced. His books have caused debate among Chinese intellectual circles as he has explored controversial issues such as the life of educated women in China and environmental exploitation.

His 2007 book, "Ruyan@SARS.com," received international attention when the Chinese State Press and Public Administration banned it and seven other books due to sensitive content. By openly declaring the act unconstitutional, Hu helped stop the ban.

The other free public forums and events, which focus on Chinese cultural themes, planned for Hu's visit are: a public lecture by UNC Associate English Professor Kenneth Chan and screening of the popular movie "Forbidden Kingdom," starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Greeley's Kress Cinema; and a live Meridian Gate Kung Fu Center demonstration and screening of the film "Warlords," starring Li, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at UNC's Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library.

Hu's visit is sponsored by UNC's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series. The Schulze Speaker Series brings a prestigious group of speakers to provide an interdisciplinary forum for various topics including the ecological crisis, criminal justice, morality, and diversity leadership.

Partners for the fall 2010 Speaker Series include UNC's Life of the Mind Program, International Film Series, Chinese Culture Club, Asian Students Program, Department of Modern Language, Asian/Pacific American Student Services, and Center for Honors, Scholars & Leadership.

For more information, please contact Mike Kimball, Director for the Center for Honors, Scholars & Leadership, at michael.kimball@unco.edu, or 970-351-2277.

The schedule of events is a follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 5
7 p.m. - "Forbidden Kingdom," starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li; Public lecture by UNC Associate English Professor Kenneth Chan: "Cross-cultural Interfacing: The Chinese Martial Arts Film in Hollywood." Location: Kress Cinema & Lounge, Greeley

Wednesday, Oct. 6
7 p.m. - Public Presentation: "Purgatories and Euphoria: Coming of Age during China's Cultural Revolution." Location: Panorama Room, UNC University Center

Thursday, Oct. 7
6:30 p.m. - Live, Meridian Gate Kung Fu demonstration and screening of "The Warlords," starring Jet Li. Location: Lindou Auditorium in UNC's Michener Library

Friday, Oct. 8 (demonstration has been postponed; a new date and time will be announced when it's rescheduled)
Chinese martial arts, folk dancing, and traditional march by Harbin Normal University performing arts troupe. Location: Lindou Auditorium