Guobin Yang, Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Columbia University, will deliver a noon-time colloquium talk at Annenberg on Friday, October 7 in Room 111. This event is being sponsored in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Sociology. A title and abstract will be forthcoming.
Yang is familiar to many here at Annenberg. In the Fall term of 2010, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture and Communication. While here that term, he taught a course and delivered the lecture titled "Forbidden Books and Filtered Words: Transgressive Communication in China from the Cultural Revolution to the Internet."
Yang is also on the faculty in the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology of Columbia University. He has published on a wide range of social issues in China, including the internet and civil society, environmental NGOs, the 1989 student movement, the Red Guard Movement, and collective memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. His books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, June 2009), Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (edited with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007), China's Red Guard Generation: Loyalty, Dissent, and Nostalgia, 1966-1999 (under contract, Columbia University Press), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 volumes. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003).
Yang received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Writing and Research Grant” (2003), was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington , D.C. (2003-2004), and taught as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2000-2005). He has a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialty in Literary Translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University (1993) and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University (2000).