The panel – entitled "China: Democracy or Autocracy? The Path Ahead?" – will highlight the leadership, legacy and inspiration of Liu Xiaobo, China's "Empty Chair" Nobel Peace Prize winner and an intellectual force, set against the nation's current political turmoil. This month also marks three years since his death while serving an 11-year sentence in Chinese prison.
Mandate Democracy®, an independent, nonpartisan, civil democracy organization, will present the July 29 session, running from 2-4 p.m. EDT, from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Featured panelists include:
- Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, Author/Editor: “The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate”
- Teng Biao, U.S.-based Chinese Scholar and Human Rights Lawyer
- Dr. Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch
- Perry Link, Professor, University of California, Riverside