Harry Wu @ Brown & Williamson Club

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Brown & Williamson Club
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
2800 S. Floyd St. • 852-2667
Free; 7 p.m.

At age 19, Harry Wu did what many of his American counterparts did in college: criticize the government. Under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party’s 100 Flowers Campaign, whereby dissent and openness was supposedly encouraged, Wu, a student at the Geology Institute in Beijing, did so despite initial hesitations. However, the party turned the tables, declared those who spoke out as the true enemies of the state, and cast Wu into a terrifying abyss of torture and forced labor that would last for another 19 years. After his eventual release, he dedicated his life to human rights issues and, in 2008, founded the non-governmental Laogai Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to exposing Chinese labor camps and promoting human rights. Wu will appear at U of L to give a talk on U.S.-China relations. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. —Jonathan Meador

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