Author Nien Cheng to Lecture on Sept. 11
Nien Cheng, author of Life and Death in Shanghai, will give a lecture followed by a discussion period at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, in the Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center at Baylor University.
Cheng's book chronicles her life during China's "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution."
Cheng, the widow of a former Kuomintang diplomat, was imprisoned during the revolution for political crimes that she did not commit. Confined in a detention house for political prisoners for six years, Cheng's period of imprisonment included being locked in an extremely dark, small cell with her arms handcuffed behind her back.
Determined not to confess to crimes she did not commit, Cheng was faced with endless interrogations in which she repeatedly proclaimed her innocence. Cheng was finally released and went on to write her story of the ordeal.
Her appearance is sponsored by Baylor's Department of History, the Asian Studies Program and the Heinz-Koeppler Institute.
The Heinz Koeppler Institute was named for the late Sir Heinz Koeppler, a leading British politician and statesman and former visiting distinguished professor at Baylor. In 1978, Baylor established the Institute for the Study of the Interaction of Foreign and Domestic Affairs, and Koeppler was named its director. It was renamed the Heinz Koeppler Institute in his honor following his death in 1979.
For more information, call 755-2667.