Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction (10/13 @ 7pm Common Language Bookstore )

Join author Elliott Liu for a discussion of his new book Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction. Elliott will offer a brief overview of the course of the Chinese revolution and how it shaped what became Maoism, and facilitate a discussion of how Maoist politics have been interpreted and applied locally and in the U.S.

Thursday, October 17 at 7pm
Common Language Bookstore (317 Braun Ct, Ann Arbor)


The Chinese Revolution changed the face of the twentieth century, and the politics that issued from it—often referred to as “Maoism”—resonated with colonized and oppressed people from the 1970s down to the anticapitalist movements of today. But how did these politics first emerge? And what do they offer activists today, who seek to transform capitalist society at its very foundations?

About the book:
Maoism and the Chinese Revolution offers the novice reader a sweeping overview of five decades of Maoist revolutionary history. It covers the early years of the Chinese Communist Party, through decades of guerrilla warfare and rapid industrialization, to the massive upheavals of the Cultural Revolution. It traces the development of Mao Zedong’s military and political strategy, philosophy, and statecraft amid the growing contradictions of the Chinese revolutionary project. All the while, it maintains a perspective sympathetic to the everyday workers and peasants who lived under the party regime, and who in some moments stood poised to make the revolution anew.

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Christina Heatherton talk: “Capital & the Color Line”(10/17 @4:30pm Modern Languages Building 4th floor commons @ Umich)

Join the UMich marxisms collective in a talk by Professor Christina Heatherton titled “Capital and the Color Line: Debt, State Making, and the Mexican Revolution.”

Monday, October 17 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
University of Michigan, Modern Languages Building, 4th floor commons


Christina Heatherton is an American Studies scholar and historian of anti-racist social movements. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Trinity college where is completing her first book, The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century (University of California Press, forthcoming). With Jordan T. Camp she recently edited Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso Books, 2016). Her work appears in places such as American Quarterly, Interface,The Rising Tides of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific, edited by Moon-Ho Jung (University of Washington Press, 2014) and Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State: Inequality, Exclusion and Change, edited by Leela Fernandes (New York University Press, forthcoming). With Jordan T. Camp she previously co-edited Freedom Now! Struggles for the Human Right to Housing in LA and Beyond (Freedom Now Books, 2012). She is the editor of Downtown Blues: A Skid Row Reader (Freedom Now Books, 2011).