SJU to Host CHINA Town Hall Webcast with Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger

Thursday, October 6, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 6, 2016) — China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of all United States citizens. To help illuminate this important international relationship, Saint Joseph’s University will host the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ (NCUSCR) 10th annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m.

Held locally in SJU’s Forum Theater, this national day of programming on China involves over 70 venues nationwide and provides a forum for Americans to discuss U.S.-China relations with leading experts. This year’s live webcast, which also marks the NCUSCR’s 50th anniversary, will begin at 7 p.m. and features former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Ph.D. Stephen A. Orlins, president of NCUSCR, will moderate the webcast. The national audience, including SJU students, faculty and guests on campus, will submit questions.

Kissinger served as national security advisor from 1969 to 1975 and secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, when he helped strengthen U.S.-China relations. In 1972, Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Richard Nixon’s visit to China, an event that ignited the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations. He is the author of numerous works on foreign policy including the book On China, which examines Chinese foreign affairs as well as the country’s role in global politics and economics.

Prior to his government positions, Kissinger was a professor in the department of Government at Harvard University. He is the founder and current chair of Kissinger Associates Inc., an international consulting firm.

Preceding the webcast, NCUSCR fellow 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, will give an on-site presentation at 6 p.m. An expert in the history of Chinese-Western relations, Carter will discuss the course of U.S.-China relations over the last five decades and how China’s future decisions may affect the United States. Carter is the author of two books and many journal articles on China, and serves as the chief editor of the journal Twentieth-Century China.

“The National Committee and Dr. Henry Kissinger have been driving forces in the opening of relations between the U.S. and China since the 1960s,” says Carter. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to mark the National Committee’s 50th anniversary and the chance to discuss Dr. Kissinger’s profound — and controversial — impact on world affairs over the past 50 years.”

The Forum Theatre is located in the Campion Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. The Starr Foundation underwrites CHINA Town Hall; SJU’s Nealis Program in Asian Studies sponsors the event.

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