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China: From 1956 to 1976


The two decades from 1956 to 1976 included unprecedented joys and sorrows for China; many of these experiences were rooted in the policies and personality of one man, Mao Zedong. This seminar carefully examined the primary and secondary sources related to China from the later half of the 1950’s until Mao’s death in 1976. It included the Cultural Revolution, President Nixon’s visit to China and many other fascinating topics. All of these stories were part of an epic narrative that unfolded in these seminar lectures.


This hybrid seminar met both in person at Boise State University and online.

Meetings at BSU:

  • Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Monday, January 29, 2018

Both meetings were held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Professor Woods provided three video lectures for the seminar to view after the initial meetings.


Professor Shelton Woods


  • Received $200 worth of books and classroom materials
  • Received a $100 stipend for the purchase or additional classroom materials
  • Gained a strong knowledge of East Asia
  • Got free accessible parking and dinners during in-person seminar sessions
  • Developed ideas for integrating East Asia into your teaching
  • Became a part of a national network of educators
  • Earned 2 BSU professional development credits (for a fee of $120)