Tiananmen Square Protester to Speak Wednesday

(11-11-97) -- Chai Ling, a Chinese democracy activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after leading the Tiananmen Square student protest in 1989, will visit Boston College on Wednesday to speak on the democracy movement in her country.

Ling will make her presentation, "Road to Freedom: Democracy in China," at 7 p.m. in Devlin 008.

The former Tiananmen activist continues to serve as a pro-democracy spokeswoman in her current role as president of the non-profit organization China Dialogue.

At BC, she is expected to recount her experiences as a protester for democracy in China, and to reflect on current Sino-American relations. Her speech will be accompanied by a 20-minute video.

In a follow-up, Prof. Robert Ross (Political Science), a noted China scholar, plans to lead a teach-in on US-China policy. The teach-in is scheduled to be held on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at a campus location yet to be announced.

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