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The Blind Activist: A Conversation with Chen Guangcheng



Update: a video of the event is available here.


Chen Guangcheng

NEW YORK, NY-April 21, 2015 - The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) present “The Blind Activist: A Conversation with Chen Guangcheng” on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m.. Mr. Chen will sit down with David Birdsell, Dean of Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs to discuss his recent memoir, The Barefoot Lawyer.

China's most famous political activist, Chen Guangcheng, escaped from his country in 2012 and settled in the U.S. Despite being blind since infancy and illiterate until his late teens, Mr. Chen eventually taught himself law. He went on to fight for the rights of his countrymen--especially women forced to undergo sterilizations under China's rigidly enforced "one child" policy.

Mr. Chen was imprisoned and later placed under house arrest. He and his wife were beaten and human rights groups around the world demanded his release. He managed to flee to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. After high-level U.S. intervention, he and his family were granted visas to the States. He later became a student at New York University and also at Baruch College's Computer Center for Visually Impaired People. Mr. Chen currently lives in Washington, D.C.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to purchase print and audio copies of Mr. Chen’s book. To register, click here.


WHAT:  “The Blind Activist: A Conversation with Chen Guangcheng


WHEN:   Tuesday, April 28, 2015

               6:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.


WHERE:  Baruch College - Newman Vertical Campus
               55 Lexington Avenue,
               Room 2-125


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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