Saint Joseph’s University was again selected by the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) to serve as a host site for the CHINA Town Hall, a national day of China-related programming. This program, now in its seventh year, aims to increase awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding the China-US relationship by bringing China experts into dialogue with the public. St Joseph’s was one of about 60 host sites for the October 29th event, which was hosted locally by Professor of History and Director of International Relations Dr. James Carter. SJU’s selection as a host site is a direct reflection of our success hosting the event last year, when the NCUSCR’s Vice President, Jan Berris, attended our proceedings in the Wolfington Teletorium.
The featured webcast with Ambassador Gary Locke originated in Beijing and permitted participants to ask questions of the ambassador via email, Twitter, and other electronic media. Preceding Ambassador Locke’s remarks, Saint Joseph’s was to have hosted Prof. Deborah Davis, a sociologist at Yale University, to speak on “Creating Wealth and Poverty in a Rapidly Changing China.” Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy prevented Dr Davis’s presentation to take place on campus. The hurricane affected nearly one quarter of the host sites. However, members of the University community were still able to take part in Ambassador Locke’s portion of the event via the Internet. Saint Joseph’s selection as a host site shows the continued and growing prominence of SJU as a regional center for Asian and China studies.