National China Town Hall Meeting to Convene at SJU

Live webcast features former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright

Monday, October 21, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (October 21, 2013) – China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of Americans. To help illuminate this important international relationship, Saint Joseph’s University will partner with the National Committee on United States-China Relations of New York to present the seventh annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, on Monday, Oct. 28.

Hosted locally in the Wolfington Teletorium of Mandeville Hall, this national day of programming on China involves 60 venues nationwide and is designed to provide Americans the opportunity to discuss U.S.-China relations with leading experts. A live webcast at 7 p.m. with former United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will be moderated by Stephen A. Orlins, president, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Questions will be submitted by a national audience.

Albright was appointed the 64th, and first female, Secretary of State in 1997, an office she held until 2001. At the time, she was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.  From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.  She is now chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.

Currently a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Albright chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of an advisory body, the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board.

The webcast is followed by a presentation on-site at 8 p.m. by John K. Yasuda, Ph.D., apostdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China. His core research interests include regulatory reform in developing countries, governance in multilevel settings, and the politics of institutional integration. Yasuda’s dissertation, entitled The Scale Problem: Food Safety, Scale Politics, and Coherence Deficits in China, is an in-depth account of the challenges of developing a regulatory system that must direct over 240 million farmers and a million processors in a highly fragmented system. His fieldwork spanned 18 months in nine counties across China and was supported by a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, an NSEP Boren Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation.

A reception at 6:15 p.m. will be followed by welcoming remarks by James Carter, Ph.D., professor of history and director of Saint Joseph’s international relations program. An expert on the history of Chinese-Western relations, Carter is a fellow of the National Committee’s Public Intellectuals Program. The author of two books and numerous journal articles on China, he is the chief editor of Twentieth-Century China.

“Saint Joseph’s is honored to again be chosen to host the CHINA Town Hall,” says Carter. “The program offers an innovative use of technology to bring experts into conversation with citizens to improve understanding of the U.S.-China relationship, which is among the most important bilateral relationships, not only for these two countries, but for the entire world. Having Secretary of State Albright speak with us is a rare chance to hear a former Secretary of State bring her first-person experience of that relationship.”

CHINA Town Hall schedule:

6:15 p.m. – Reception. 6:45 p.m. – Welcoming remarks: James Carter, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the international relations program, Saint Joseph’s University.

7 p.m. - Live webcast with Madeleine K. Albright, former United States Secretary of State.

8 p.m. – Commentary and discussion with John K. Yasuda, Ph.D.

9 p.m. – Adjourn.

Mandeville Hall is located at the intersection of 54th Street and City Avenue. This event is free and open to the general public. The Starr Foundation underwrites CHINA Town Hall; SJU’s international relations and Asian studies programs sponsor the SJU event.

For more information about the Town Hall, contact Carter at

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