March 23, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Birkeland, 360/546-9602,
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The third and final installment of Washington State University at Vancouver's Human Rights Lecture Series will feature Chinese dissident Harry Wu on Thursday, April 15. The 7 p.m. lecture, set for the WSU Vancouver Lecture Hall, is open to the public without charge.
        Wu will discuss his experiences as a political prisoner, and his repeated efforts to return to China to document slavery and other human rights abuses. Wu is the author of "Bitter Winds," an account of his imprisonment and survival as a political prisoner in China. He will also discuss his book, "Troublemaker: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty," in which he explains why he willingly returns to a country which has alternately arrested, imprisoned and expelled him.
        Seating in the lecture hall is limited to 150, but the lecture will be simulcast to another room in the same building, allowing another 200 people to view Wu's lecture on a simulcast monitor. Doors to both the lecture hall and the simulcast room will open at 6 p.m. A reception and book signing will be held immediately after the lecture.
        The lecture series is sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. WSU Vancouver is located approximately seven miles north of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, and can be reached from either I-5 or I-205. For additional information about the series, contact WSU Vancouver's Office of Campus Advancement at 360/546-9600 or the student government office at 360/546-9520.


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