National Town Hall Meeting to Discuss China

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (October 24, 2011) - China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of Americans. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:15 p.m., Saint Joseph’s University will partner with the National Committee on United States-China Relations of New York, for the fifth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections. Hosted locally in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall, this national day of programming on China involves 50 cities throughout the U.S. and is designed to provide Americans the opportunity to discuss U.S.-China relations with leading experts.

The program, which will feature a live webcast with former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ph.D., will be moderated by Stephen A. Orlins, president, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and will be followed by a presentation on-site from China specialist Thomas Kellogg, J.D., a program director at the Open Society Institute (OSI) in New York. Kellogg will present “Legal Reform and Social Justice in China.”

Brzezinski’s webcast will commence at 7 p.m. A reception at 6:15 p.m. will precede welcoming remarks by James Carter, Ph.D., professor of history and director of Saint Joseph’s international relations program. Carter is a Fellow of the National Committee’s Public Intellectuals Program.

From 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom “for his role in the normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States.” A prolific author, his most recent book is America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy, co-authored by Brent Scowcroft and moderated by David Ignatius. He is a frequent public speaker who comments on major domestic and foreign TV programs and contributes to domestic and foreign newspapers and journals.

Thomas Kellogg is adviser to the president and a program director at OSI. He also teaches Chinese law at Fordham Law School in New York. Kellogg has worked for a wide range of non-governmental organizations in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East, focusing on human rights and the development of the rule of law. He has written widely on legal reform in China, and has lectured on Chinese law in both the U.S. and China. Before joining OSI, Kellogg was a senior fellow at the China Law Center at Yale Law School and a researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. He is a 2003 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

“Saint Joseph’s is honored to be one of the host sites for this year’s 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.”

“We’re especially fortunate to bring an authority on human rights law like Tom Kellogg to campus, Carter adds. “His expertise on social justice and the rule of law during China’s rapid modernization is a perfect fit for Saint Joseph’s Ignatian mission.”

CHINA Town Hall schedule:

6:15 - Reception 6:45 - Welcoming remarks: James Carter, Ph.D., professor of history, Saint Joseph's University 7 :00 - Live webcast from Washington, D.C.: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ph.D. 7:45 - Commentary and discussion, Thomas Kellogg, J.D.: “Legal Reform and Social Justice in China” 8:30 - Adjourn

Mandeville Hall is located at the intersection of 54th Street and City Avenue. The event is free and open to the 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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