By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Members of the Bucknell University community will participate in the national CHINA Town Hall event "Local Connections, National Reflections," Monday, Oct. 28, in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.
The event features a live webcast presentation about U.S.-China relations by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright at 7 p.m.
"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 China-related issues with leading experts," said Zhiqun Zhu, MacArthur Chair in East Asian Politics, Director of the China Institite and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bucknell.
"We hope to bring this important opportunity to Bucknell campus to raise awareness of China-related issues and generate more interest in and discussions about China and U.S.-China relations," he said.
Madeleine K. Albright
In 1997, Albright was named the 64th, and first female, Secretary of State of the United States. At the time, she was the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.
From 1993-97, she served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet.
In 2012, Albright was chosen by President Barack Obama to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.
Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.
She is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of an advisory body, the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Board.
Following the Albright webcast, Margaret Lewis will discuss the Bo Xilai case and rule of law in China at 7:50 p.m. Bo Xilai is a former top politician in China convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power earlier this fall, and jailed for life.
Lewis, who joined Seton Hall Law School faculty as an associate professor in 2009, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and an affiliated scholar of the New York University School of Law's U.S.-Asia Law Institute.
Her recent publications have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and the Virginia Journal of International Law. She is also the co-author of the book Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor with Jerome A. Cohen.
Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Lewis served as a senior research fellow at the NYU School of Law's U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she worked on criminal justice reforms in China.
Lewis received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the NYU School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University. In addition, she has studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China, and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.
"It's important for Bucknell to be a partner in such events," said Zhu. "As Bucknell aims to be more diverse and global, we wish to embrace such great opportunities to expand our horizons and welcome more international perspectives. Programs like this serve as an incentive for us to think beyond our box and become global citizens.
"We hope that participants will appreciate the importance and complexity of issues related to China and US-China relations. We also hope that they will continue to engage in such discussions and debates in the future," he said.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is a program of the China Institute with support from Communications and Events Management office at Bucknell as well as the National Committee on United States-China Relations.