Wednesday, April 09, 2008

In Which Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Invisible Allies Mobilize To Help Try To Secure Universal Human Rights In China, Xinjiang, And Tibet

Dear Pan Cogito,

By way of introduction, I am the publicist at the University of Michigan Press. We have recently published a book called OWNING THE OLYMPICS Narratives of the New China edited by Monroe Price and Daniel Dayan.

This edited volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars from Chinese studies, human rights, media studies, law, and other fields. OWNING THE OLYMPICS reveals how multiple entities—including the Chinese Communist Party itself—seek to influence and control the narratives through which the Beijing Games will be understood.

There’s an important section in the book on Nonaccredited Media and Citizen Journalists at the Olympic Games, which should be of significant interest to bloggers [and human rights activists] ...

My best,

Trade Marketing, Publicity and Foreign Rights
University of Michigan Press
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 615-6477




"A major contribution to the study of global events in times of global media. Owning the Olympics tests the possibilities and limits of the concept of 'media events' by analyzing the mega-event of the information age: the Beijing Olympics. . . . A good read from cover to cover."

---Guobin Yang, Associate Professor, Asian/Middle Eastern Cultures & Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University


By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Translated by Alexis Klimoff and Michael Nicholson.


As Bogdana Carpenter writes in World Literature Today, “Although the evolution of Zbigniew Herbert's poetry was closely tied to the changes in Poland's political situation, its greatness lies in the universality of its message.”


Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Tibet Autonomous Region

Drapchi Prison City, Tibet

Amnesty International


Photo credits: (c) University of Michigan Press and San Francisco Sentinel. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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