Sidney Rittenberg: Screening “The Revolutionary”

 Sidney Rittenberg

Screening: The Revolutionary

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00PM

Stern Center Ballroom

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program is sponsoring a documentary screening of The Revolutionary, followed by a lecture from the film’s subject, native Charlestonian Sidney Rittenberg.

Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An intimate of the Party’s leadership, including Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, he gained prominence at the Broadcast Administration, one of the most important agencies of government. But in the convulsions of a giant country constantly reinventing itself, he twice ran afoul of the leadership, and served a total of 16 years in solitary confinement. He returned to the United States in 1980. –

The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, International Studies, and the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs. Please encourage your students and colleagues to attend what promises to be a fascinating evening.



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