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China Town Hall

12:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Minnock Institute for Global Engagement (MIGE) and the Asian Studies Program at BSU, together with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, invite the BSU community and the public to a virtual event: CHINA TOWN HALL 2021, a National Conversation on China, to be held on Tuesday, October 19. This marks the 7th year that Bridgewater State University has hosted China Town Hall.

From 12:30-2 pm, Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education, will speak for BSU on “Rebuilding US-China Education and Exchange."

After 20 years of service at IIE, Ms. Blumenthal became IIE's Chief Operating Officer in 2005, transitioning to the role of Senior Counselor to IIE President in 2011. Her earlier responsibilities at IIE included supervision of its international offices, research, and educational services, working closely with the U.S. Department of State and other public and private sponsors.

Before joining IIE, Ms. Blumenthal served as Assistant Director of Stanford University's Overseas Studies and Coordinator of Graduate Services/Fellowships for the University of Hawaii's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Her earlier work focused on the development of US-China exchanges as a staff member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Asia Society's China Council.

From 6:30-8 pm, Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN Worldwide's Fareed Zakaria GPS, columnist, and best-selling author, will be the featured speaker for the national webinar.

Fareed Zakaria GPS is a weekly international and domestic affairs program that has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders. Dr. Zakaria is also a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author.

Prior to his tenure at CNN Worldwide, Dr. Zakaria was editor of Newsweek International, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a columnist for Time, an analyst for ABC News, and the host of Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria on PBS.

China Town Hall is a national conversation on how the US-China relationship affects our cities, towns, and communities. From supply chains to national security, new technologies to climate change, the future of both countries will be determined by their relations with one another and the global community. BSU will join more than 80 venues across the country for the program.

Advance registration is required for each event.

Peggy Blumenthal:

National Webinar:


QUESTION SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS (for National Webinar with Fareed Zakaria ONLY)

Audience members are encouraged to reach out to national China Town Hall with their webinar questions via social media. You may write it out in a tweet or post (see below for instructions).

Twitter: In Privacy & Safety, be sure to un-check "Protect your tweets" so we can see your video or message. In your tweet, use the hashtag #CTH2021 and tag @NCUSCR.

Facebook: Make sure that your post is set to "Public" (not "Friends"). In your post, use the hashtag #CTH2021 and tag @National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. To ensure that we are properly tagged, we recommend that (rather than pasting) you start manually typing "@National Committee on U" until our name appears in the drop-down, at which point you can click to complete the tag.

Don't want to use social media? No problem! Please use this link to submit your question:

Questions must be submitted by October 15. If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact the China Town Hall team at 
China Town Hall