Albright to discuss U.S.­–China relations as part of China Town Hall

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will participate via live webcast with local scholars in a national day of programming on China on October 28th at Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall.

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections will be presented locally by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies and the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations as part of a national program involving more than 60 cities throughout the United States.

“China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States,” reports the website of the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations. “China Town designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts.”

Albright will open the event with a webcast moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She will be followed with a local presentation by Jonathan Lipman, a professor of Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College. In a talk entitled From the Pioneer Valley to Schoolrooms in China: Smith, Mount Holyoke, and the Rise of Modern China's Girls' Schools Lipman will discuss how Smith and Mount Holyoke graduates have opened schools for girls in China.

The event, at Amherst College’s Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall, is free and open to the public with refreshments to be served. The webcast with Albright will begin at 7 PM and Lipman’s discussion will follow at 7:50 PM. More information can be found at

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is committed to promoting East Asian Studies throughout the Five College consortium and supports, encourages and improves the teaching of East Asian cultures in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, and two- and four-year colleges in the Northeast.