SJU to Host CHINA Town Hall Webcast with Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

by Chris Fastiggi '18

China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of all Americans. To help illuminate this important international relationship, Saint Joseph’s University will host the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ (NCUSCR) 11th annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. The event features former national security advisor, Susan Rice, as the national webcast speaker.

The event will be held in the Campion Student Center Banquet Hall. Although SJU is hosting the webcast locally, the event will be broadcast to more than 80 locations across the country. After Rice’s address, students and other attendees can ask her questions through email or social media.

The focus of this year’s CHINA Town Hall is international security and diplomacy. “These issues are particularly important right now when numerous potential conflicts involving the United States and China are near crisis points, including North Korea and the South China Sea,” says James Carter Ph.D., professor and chair of history and director of the Bernadette B. and James J. Nealis III ’69 Program in Asian Studies.

As national security advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, Rice briefed the president on national security, worked to advance world security, promoted respect for human rights and rebuilt a basis for international cooperation that improved the United States’ ability to achieve foreign policy objectives. In the past, she worked on the boards of the Bureau of National Affairs, the National Democratic Institute and U.S. Fund for UNICEF among others. Prior to her work in the government, Rice received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in international relations from New College, University of Oxford, England.

Preceding the event, Jacques deLisle, professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will speak to the audience about the relationship between China and North Korea at 6 p.m.

“Professor Jacques DeLisle is one of the most knowledgeable and insightful experts on China in Philadelphia, and we are fortunate to have him speak with us,” says Carter.

This event is free and open to the general public. The Starr Foundation underwrites CHINA Town Hall; SJU’s Nealis Program in Asian Studies sponsors the event.

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