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Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 5:40 - 8:00 pm
School of Information Sciences Room 126 (501 East Daniel Street Champaign, IL)

Presented in partnership with the National Committee on U.S.- China Relations.

5:40 pm Opening Remarks and Introductions

6:00 – 7:00 pm National Webcast Live (Dr. Henry A. Kissinger)

7:00- 8:00 pm On-site Presentation and Discussion (Mr. Forrest McSweeney)

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

The tenth annual CHINA Town Hall will feature Dr. Henry A. Kissinger as the national webcast speaker and on-site presentations hosted by more than 70 locations nationwide. Dr. Kissinger will draw on his experience as national security advisor, secretary of state, and his years teaching at Harvard University to put the current state of U.S.-China relations in perspective, and chart potential policy courses for the future. The University of Illinois’s on-site presentation and discussion features Mr. Forrest McSweeney, PhD Candidate in East Asian Languages and Cultures, speaking on Owning a Century: Negotiating Contemporary Public Discourse on China. Mr. McSweeney will focus on various aspects of discourse regarding Sino-Western relations, with particular reference to Sino-US relations now, and Sino- British relations historically. Several images have emerged from these Western-Chinese relations, some of which are pure distortions and others are soberingly realistic. Mr. McSweeney's presentation will offer a critical review of these images.


TODAY: AsiaLENS Film Series - Threads

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

A special pre-screening introduction by co-producer Leonard Hill will be presented by the Spurlock Museum Guild Lecture and Performance Series. Madhu Viswanathan, the Diane and Steven N. Miller Centennial Chair in Business, will lead a post-screening discussion with Leonard Hill.

Special Engagement: Join a discussion with co-producer Leonard Hill earlier in the day at the Asian American Cultural Center's (1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL) Food for Thought program at 12:00 pm.

A self-trained and passionate artist, Surayia Rahman is an unconventional Bengali woman who frees herself, other women and families from poverty and social hardships, by guiding hundreds of underprivileged women in Bangladesh to create masterworks of exquisitely hand-embroidered art that has been gifted to dignitaries and admired in collections throughout the world.

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