Schram's lecture will address three aspects of Mao Zedong's role in shaping the history of the Chinese Communist Party: how he established his primacy prior to the conquests of power in 1943; the increasingly singular and radical adventures he launched following the establishment of the People's Republic of China; and his imprint, for better or for worse, on China today, and its prospects for the future.
Schram is the author of several books including, The Thought of Mao Tse-Tung (1989), Ideology and Policy in China since the Third Plenum, 1978-1984 (1984), Marxism and Asia (1969), Mao Zedong: A Preliminary Reassessment (1983), and The Scope of State Power in China (1986). He is currently serving as the editor of a multi-volume edition of Mao's writings, including previously unavailable texts and letters from Chinese sources.
Schram is a Professor of Chinese Politics Emeritus at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies and founding head of its Contemporary China Institute. He is also a Research Associate at Harvard's John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.
Professor Schram's lecture is jointly sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute and the Athenaeum. Lunch is at 11:45 a.m. and the talk begins at 12:15 p.m.