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In 1908, the Guangxu Emperor died. He was still a young man, only in his thirties, but he had lived under virtual house arrest, a prisoner in his own palaces for nearly a decade. Rumors of the emperor having been poisoned immediately filled the alleys and tea houses of the city. But who did it and why? Was it the emperor's aunt, the all-powerful Empress Dowager Cixi? She rather conveniently died just a day after her nephew, giving her the chance to name his replacement. Was it one of the palace eunuchs who served the imperial family but were often abused and belittled by officials and members of the court? Might it have been republican revolutionaries seeking to overthrow the Manchu rulers of China? Could it have been the ambitious young general Yuan Shikai who would later reveal his own imperial ambitions?

We'll virtually explore the places and gardens of Beijing and look at the last days of dynasty rule in China as we seek to answer a century-old mystery: Who killed the Guangxu Emperor? Led by Beijing-based writer and historian Jeremiah Jenne, this interactive seminar hopes to educate and inspire future travel and learning.

Jeremiah is an American writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider's Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We're Here: China Stories from a Write's Colony. He has appeared on Al Jazeera English, NPR, APM Marketplace, Beijing Radio, and the Sinica Podcast. Jeremiah produces and co-hosts the podcast Barbarians at the Gate and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to corporate and school groups. Jeremiah also maintains the popular Chinese history website granitestudio.org

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.