College Joins 60 Sites for CHINA Town Hall

October 24th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will join audiences at SUNY Oneonta and more than 60 other venues nationwide by live broadcast for a “town hall” meeting on the U.S.-China relationship. The 45-minute webcast will be followed by a guest speaker.

The U.S.-China relationship is in the news nearly every day for economic, political, environmental and other reasons. To help Americans understand this dynamic relationship and answer their questions on the issues, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations will conduct the seventh annual CHINA Town Hall, Local Connections, National Reflections, broadcast to more than 60 venues nationwide on Monday, Oct. 28.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Lecture Hall 1 of SUNY Oneonta’s Instructional Resource Center. It will begin at 7 p.m. with a webcast from Washington, D.C., featuring Secretary Albright discussing U.S.-China relations. Steve Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, will moderate the webcast, which will include a 15-minute talk followed by half an hour during which Albright will respond to questions emailed by audience members throughout the country.

Following the webcast, Dr. Nevan Fisher, associate professor of Chinese and East Asian history at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., will speak on “What Every American Should Understand About China.” At Nazareth College since 2005, Fisher teaches courses on modern and imperial China, imperial Japan, East Asian civilizations, women and family in East Asia, the Vietnam War, and cultural geography. His primary research interest focuses upon Chinese Christianity, particularly the indigenization of Protestantism in Anhui Province.

Fisher also enjoys leading student groups to China and has studied and lived there, including Taiwan, for nearly five years. Most recently, he was invited by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to serve as a scholar-escort for the 2013 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program to China, traveling with a delegation of high school teachers to Beijing, Xi’an, Chongqing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

SUNY Oneonta Associate Professor of Human Ecology Karen Joest also spent five weeks in China over the summer as one of 16 university scholars from across the country chosen to participate in the 2013 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program to China.

Secretary Albright was appointed the 64th, and first female, Secretary of State in 1997. At the time, she was the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. 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.

CHINA Town Hall is co-sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and SUNY Oneonta’s departments of Human Ecology, Political Science and Sociology.

The National Committee on United States-China Relations is the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

More information about CHINA Town Hall, Local Connections, National Reflections, is available from Dr. Karen Joest at (607) 436-2063.