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New ULS Project: CR/10 (preserving diverse memories of China's Cultural Revolution)

A new ULS initiative recently debuted to an enthusiastic audience. The project, called CR/10, collects 10-minute video interviews concerning China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). On May 6, four CR/10 interviews and a promotional trailer were screened by the public at the "Memory as Politics" conference convened by Dr. Iza Ding of Pitt's Political Science department. The screening was introduced by Michael Dabrishus and Haihui Zhang followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Kun Qian from Pitt's East Asian Languages and Literatures department, as well as faculty from Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Utah. During the question-and-answer session, the standing-room-only crowd offered much positive feedback. Faculty members praised the project, noting that it preserves diverse perspectives on the Cultural Revolution, and offers a resource to enrich classroom discussion of this tumultuous era of Chinese history.

We are creating an open-access database that will make the ever-growing collection of CR/10 interviews available to scholars, teachers, and students around the world. Complete interviews will be available for viewing in Fall 2017. At present, the website contains background information on the Cultural Revolution, an interview with Haihui Zhang (our Chinese Studies Liasion Librarian) about the project, and a trailer compiling short clips that exemplify the range of viewpoints concerning this complex historical incident.