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9th Anniversary Celebration


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11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
"Harbin, Manchuria (Heilangjiang): The Russian City in China 1900-1950"
Liliane Willens, Ph.D.
Lecture Hall W613, One Pace Plaza

Liliane Willens was born of Russian Jewish parents in the former French Concession of Shanghai, China, where she attended a French lycée. Her parents, she and her siblings – all stateless – experienced World War II under the Japanese military occupation, the bombing by American planes and the return of the Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek) government and subsequent Chinese civil war. Because of difficulties to obtain a US immigration visa, Liliane lived two years under the newly established People’s Republic of China.

After Liliane immigrated to the United States, she studied at Boston University where she received her undergraduate degree, a M.A. and PhD. on French Language and Literature. She taught these subjects at Boston College and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While in academia, Dr. Willens published a book on Voltaire and a number of articles on 18th century France. Later, moving to Washington, DC, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Peace Corps.

Following retirement, Liliane gave talks on cruise ships sailing the world. Presently she offers presentations on China and on Old Shanghai to various organizations in the Washington, DC area, around the country, and overseas. A signing of her book Stateless in Shanghai follow these talks.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza, B Level

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Anniversary Celebration
Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza, B Level

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
"Family Images, Global Visions: China-Us Encounters in Private Photographs and Film"
Joseph Ho
Lecture Hall W614, One Pace Plaza