October 03, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Members of the Bucknell University community will participate in the eighth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The event begins at 6:50 p.m. with opening remarks by George Shields, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Bucknell.

At 7 p.m., former President Jimmy Carter, who established U.S. diplomatic relations with China in 1979, will speak in a live video session. Carter will offer comments on the past, present and future of U.S.-China relations and participate in a question-and-answer session.

Jennifer Adams of the U.S. Agency for International Development will discuss China's investment in Africa and the impact on U.S.-China relations at 8 p.m. in the Forum.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is presented in collaboration with the Carter Center and the National Committee on United States-China Relations. It is sponsored by Bucknell's China Institute, with support from the departments of International Relations, Political Science, and East Asian Studies.

Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy CarterThe 39th president of the United States, Carter was born in Plains, Ga., and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1946. He later served as senior officer of the pre-commissioning crew of the Seawolf, the second nuclear submarine. After serving on county boards and as Georgia Senator, he became Georgia's 76th governor in 1971.

Carter was elected president on Nov. 2, 1976. His administration's significant foreign policy accomplishments include the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. He championed human rights throughout the world.

On the domestic side, the administration's achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

In 1982, Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, and founded The Carter Center to address national and international public policy issues, working to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease.

He is the author of 28 books, most recently A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, published in April 2014. In 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

Jennifer Adams
Jennifer AdamsJennifer Adams is USAID's deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Global Health based in Washington, D.C. She manages Population and Reproductive Health, the Office of HIV/AIDS, the Office of Health Systems and other special assignments.

She was appointed the first USAID development counselor to China in September 2008. While in China, she worked to establish a bilateral dialogue on global development issues, and accompanied Chinese development officials and scholars on several trips to Africa, to look at both Chinese and U.S. development assistance in health and agriculture in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Liberia. 

With USAID for more than 20 years, Adams served as the mission director for USAID in Brazil where she initiated a successful public private partnership, Mais Unidos, that engaged the 50 largest American companies to support social entrepreneurship. She also has worked in the Central Asian Republics and Senegal. She has worked as an economist, and has managed social sector portfolios, including health, education and environment projects.

"CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming on China involving about 70 cities throughout the United States," said Zhiqun Zhu, Director of the China Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bucknell.

"It is designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss China-related issues with leading experts. We continue to bring such important opportunities to the 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.