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CCC Russia/China Series Includes Eisenhower Return, World Food Event


Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility will address the transformation of Russia and China, both politically and economically, in the free lecture series “Russia and China After Stalin and Mao: Divergent Paths of Development” in five installments this semester.

The series will focus on the evolution of the two nations since the deaths of leaders Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. A highlight will be David Eisenhower’s presentation, which will discuss the opening of China in the 1970s, a 1975 trip to China during which he met with Mao Zedong and his 2002 trip back.

A special food-tasting will precede Eisenhower’s talk. The 5 p.m. event will include dishes from China, Russia and India and cost $25 per person. Only those aged 21 and older may attend the tasting.

Each lecture in the series will begin at 7 p.m. in Civic Hall, which is located in the Connector Building on the Blackwood Campus in Gloucester Township. The full schedule for the series includes:

● Feb. 27: “What Putin Could Learn from Stalin About Fighting Corruption” with James Heinzen of Rowan University.

● March 6: “China in the Mid-70s: Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping” with author David Eisenhower. (Preceded by the “Exploring the World Through Food II” tasting event.)

● March 13: “The Great Transformation of China Since Deng Xiaoping” with Yuhua Wang of the University of Pennsylvania.

● April 3: “The Soviet Dissident Movement in Historical Perspective” with Benjamin Nathans of the University of Pennsylvania.

● April 10: “The China-Russia Reversal: Why Is China Growing Faster Economically and More Stable Politically?” with Harley Balzer of Georgetown University.

The series is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Teachers who attend can gain valuable insight for their classroom lessons as well as New Jersey professional development credit.

To attend, contact (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or

Published: February 19, 2013