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Veteran Tibet observer gives overview of uprising

April 9, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Thomas Kostrzewa, a longtime observer of China's interaction with its western minority regions, including Tibet, will provide his perspective on the recent Tibetan uprising and resulting Chinese crackdown in a talk set for Monday, April 14, at Western Michigan University.

"Tibet Uprising: Background and Current Report" is the topic of a "brown bag" luncheon talk by Kostrzewa, set for 12:30 p.m. in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall. The event is sponsored by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics.

Kostrzewa, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Political Science, has been visiting China for 30 years and Tibet for 15 years in pursuit of his research on minority and development policies in China's western region. The recent uprising in Lhasa and other Tibetan areas, he says, has brought renewed global attention to Tibet and human rights issues in China, just when Beijing is hoping to showcase its sophistication and recent progress by hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Susan Hoffman in the Department of Political Science at susan.hoffman@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5692.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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