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Historian James Millward to speak on Uyghur nationalism and separatist movements in the Xinjiang region of China

WHO:             James Millward, associate professor of history at Georgetown University, is the co-author of two chapters in the recently published Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland (M.E. Sharpe, 2004). He has also written "Violent Separatist Activity and Organizations in Xinjiang: An Overview and Assessment," forthcoming in the East West Center's Policy Studies series, and is currently at work on a general history of the Xinjiang region.

WHAT:           In this lecture, Professor Millward will outline the history of conflict in Xinjiang from the Qing period to the present and analyze the region's contemporary status against that background. Since September 11, 2001, news media and Chinese government reports since have linked the Xinjiang region and its Uyghur people to international jihadist movements. The media has created the impression of a grave terrorist threat hanging over this area, which always has sat uncomfortably under rule by Beijing. Millward argues that the sources, motivations, and nature of Uyghur nationalism are more complex than simple labels suggest, and the immediate threat of organized violent separatism is exaggerated.

WHEN:           Thursday, April 15, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Room 41, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College,
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland

COST:             The lecture is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:   For more information, the public is asked to call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755 or visit the Reed events website

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