China and the World's First Freedom of Information Act: The Image of China in the Nordic Countries in the 18th Century

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 4.102
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Speaker: Lena Rydholm, Professor of Chinese, Uppsala University, Sweden

The Forum on Chinese Culture of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas has invited a distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Lena Rydholm, Professor of Chinese at Uppsala University, Sweden, for its 53rd session. Prof. Rydholm is one of the outstanding Sinologists in the time-honored tradition of sinology pioneered by the world-renowned sinologist Bernhard Karlgren. Fresh from her lecture trip to Yale University’s Council on East Asian Studies, she is going to give a lecture on a topic which would surprise most people: traditional China’s role in the adoption of the World’s First Freedom of Information Act, the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act of 1766. Her lecture is based on her research which shows that China was instrumental in the passing of the World’s First Freedom of Information Act, as influential Nordic scholars and statesmen argued that the freedom of the press and of information had existed in China since ancient times and was the reason for China’s wealth and political stability. She will give us valuable information on how China appeared in the minds of the northern Europeans in the 18th century and how China became entangled in the modern endeavor of freedom of information.

Don’t Miss This Opportunity!

Chinese Tea and Food Served

Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact:
Ming Dong Gu, PhD
[email protected]

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