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CSU Emeritus Provost Loren Crabtree Explores China’s Bid for World Power

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 Xi Jinping and China’s Campaign for Wealth and Power will be presented virtually from 6-8 pm Thursday, March 4, by Loren Crabtree, a specialist in 20th century Chinese history. Dr. Crabtree had a distinguished 34-year teaching career at Colorado State University, serving as Professor of History, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

“After taking control in March 2013, Xi Jinping has become China’s most powerful head of state since Mao Zedong,” Dr. Crabtree said. “And Xi ensured he could rule indefinitely when he abolished presidential term limits in 2018.” The Zoom presentation is being hosted by the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. 

Dr. Crabtree will examine the recent history of China, including the reform movements in the 1980s and 1990s, the country’s unprecedented economic transformation, and China’s long-term strategy to replace the United States as the global superpower. The professor will also delve into some of the consequences of Xi Jinping’s campaign: increased mass surveillance, heightened censorship, and crackdowns on the rights of minorities and political opponents. 

Admission to the program is $5/adult and $2 student; Museum members are free. Reservations are available at globalvillagemuseum.org, and registrants will receive Zoom connection information on the day before the program. 

The presentation is in conjunction with the Museum’s Main Gallery exhibit, Colorful Paintings by Folk Artists of Central China. The exhibition showcases 60 watercolors and painted woodblock prints from Huxian, an official “painting county” of China, from 1973 to 2000. The exhibit runs through March 20. 

The Global Village Museum is open with free admission by appointment Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. Appointments are available for up to five people in a group. For reservations, please email Peter at admin@globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600. 



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