CHINA Town Hall: Webcast by U.S. Ambassador: Oct. 18

October 15, 2010

September 27, 2010

CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, Webcast by U.S. Ambassador to be Featured Event at Southern Vermont College

Southern Vermont citizens will have the opportunity to join in a virtual, national “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” program on Monday, October 18, at the campus of Southern Vermont College. The CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving more than 50 cities throughout the United States in a discussion of the opportunities and challenges posed by China’s growing economic power.

Southern Vermont College will be linked to Beijing via a live video cast. The program will feature a webcast by Jon M. Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China, and Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations. The program in Bennington will also feature a local speaker, Dr. Thomas Redden, who is Professor of History and Political Science at Southern Vermont College. Professor Redden will open the CHINA Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-webcast introduction and a question and answer session on current issues in China after the webcast.

Redden has studied the region extensively and travelled to China in the summer of 2009 as a member of a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Delegation. “China is such an important trade partner of the United States and with 1.3 billion people, a country that every American citizen should take the opportunity to know more about,” Redden said. Attendees, including media representatives, will have ample opportunity to raise questions about local concerns and discuss the issues addressed in both the video feed and local presentations.

“CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” is a collaboration between the Vermont Council on World Affairs, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Southern Vermont College. This event, held in the Everett Mansion at Southern Vermont College, is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, please contact Professor Eric Drouart at SVC, 802-681-2898, or Gail Stevenson of the VCWA, 802-861-2343.

About the Vermont Council on World Affairs:

The mission of the Vermont Council on World Affairs is to promote awareness and understanding of the world and its people, places and cultures through education and engagement. The VCWA, in cooperation with the public and private sectors, promotes an awareness and understanding of the world and its people through public forums, hosting international visitors and working with Vermont educational institutions to develop programs for students, faculty, staff and community.

About Southern Vermont College:

Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 21 academic degree programs for more than 500 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC's intercollegiate athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

About the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

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. The Committee’s continuity of experience and depth of associations in Greater China and the United States make it a national resource. The Committee creates opportunities for informed discussion and reasoned debate about issues of common interest and concern to the United States, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan.