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The National Committee on U.S. - China Relations' 2016 CHINA Town Hall (Broadcast and Speakerl)

On Tuesday, October 18 the University of Minnesota China Center served as a local host for more than 60 guests gathered at Humphrey School of Public Affairs to attend CHINA Town Hall, a project of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Guests gathered for a reception, followed by the program, a web cast presentation by Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State who played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon's 1972 visit to China, which was moderated by Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

After the web cast local speaker Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison presented a lecture "Civil Society and the State in China: The Role of Foreign and Domestic Groups and the Chinese Government Policies." The lecture provided relevant conversation about Xi Jinping's recent reforms and how those changes have challenged the work of non-governmental organizations and international foundations operating in China and their impact on civil society.

China Town Hall - Local Connections, National Reflections was a 10th annual event organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. It is a national day of programming in more than 80 communities, including a live web cast and local programs addressing topics of interest to each community.

Speakers Biography HAK

Dr. Henry Alfred Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. In July, 1983 he was appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984-1990 he served as amember of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986-1988 he was a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board since 2001. (Read more.)

mark_sidelMark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also currently serving as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. In addition to his academic work, Sidel has served as president of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic association working to strengthen research on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. (Read more.)



The CHINA Town Hall at the University of Minnesota was presented by:


National Organizer
Minnesota Host
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China Center


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US-China People's Friendship Association

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Thanks to Our Special Co-Host in Minnesota
McNeil Global Law