Culture and Politics in Modern China

Dates: February 18 - March 25, 2021

Meets: Thurs. from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Online Presentation

OLLI Member: $65.00

Enrollment requires a 2020 - 2021 OLLI at MSU Membership

Cultural reform was a constant dynamic of modern Chinese history, seen as fundamental to political and social change. In this course, Maggie Greene, an associate professor of history in the Department of History and Philosophy at MSU, will explore the history of modern China, from the Republican period (1911-1949) to the present, through the lens of cultural production: from fashion to film, elite culture to popular culture. From the jazz clubs of Republican Shanghai, through the tumultuous high socialist period, and finally to the present, participants will gain a better understanding of modern China and the important role cultural production has played in shaping that history.

Fee:   $65.00

Online Presentation

This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Maggie Greene

Maggie Greene is an associate professor of history at Montana State University. She is the author of "Resisting Sprits: Drama Reform and Cultural Transformation in the People's Republic of China" (University of Michigan Press, 2019). Her research explores cultural transformation in China across time and space, and the relationship of cultural production to politics. She has published on subjects ranging from opera, to mahjong, to mountaineering in the high socialist period. Her second project considers the role of global popular culture in post-Mao China.
Date Day Time Location
02/18/2021Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online Presentation
02/25/2021Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online Presentation
03/11/2021Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online Presentation
03/18/2021Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online Presentation
03/25/2021Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online Presentation

  • Gain a better understanding of the history of modern China, 1911-present.
  • Understand the ways in which culture has played an important role in political and social change, both in China and globally.
  • Learn how historians approach, research and use a variety of cultural production in their own research.

For information about refunds, cancellations, minimum enrollments and more, see the Course Administration and Procedures page.


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