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Hennebach Program: China Goes Green

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division

Hennebach Program

Daniels Fund Program

Payne Institute for Public Policy 


China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet?

by Dr. Judith Shapiro


What does it mean for the future of the planet when one of the world’s most durable authoritarian governance systems pursues “ecological civilization”? China exemplifies a model of state-led environmentalism that concentrates decisive political, economic, and epistemic power under centralized leadership. Professor Shapiro, who has worked in China since the mid-1970s, will introduce the concrete mechanisms of China’s coercive environmentalism to show how “going green” helps the state to further other agendas such as citizen surveillance and geopolitical influence.
Judith Shapiro is Professor of International Environmental Politics at American University’s School of International Service. Her books Mao’s War Against Nature (Cambridge, 2001) and China’s Environmental Challenges (Polity 2012, 2016) are standard works in the field. She was one of the first Americans to teach in China after the 1976 death of Mao Zedong.


When: 4:00-5:30 pm | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Where: Green Center – Metals Hall




February 11
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Green Center
924 16th Street
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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