BUHS to host China Town Hall Tuesday

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BRATTLEBORO — China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States.

Brattleboro Union High School's Global Affairs Club, in conjunction with the Windham World Affairs Council and the National Committee on United States-China Relations, will host a national China Town Hall with a focus on "Government, People and the Enviornment" in a conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts, Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the BUHS Multipurpose Room.

More than 85 venues and 100 speakers are expected to participate in the one-evening program, along with partner organizations in Greater China. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will speak on a big screen for a live webcast enlivened by the presence of Dr. Christopher Coggins, professor of Geography & Asian Studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock and author of books including "The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China." Coggins will open the event in person to discuss the Chinese government's and Chinese people's efforts to conserve China's biological diversity and respond to climate change, then lead an audience discussion after Ambassador Rice's webcast comments with questions from across the country.

"There are a lot of students studying Chinese at BUHS and other schools around here who get how important understanding China is for our future," said Elery Loggia, a junior who heads up the BUHS Global Affairs Club and traveled to China with the Experiment in International Living last summer. "It is exciting to be part of a much larger community interested in learning about China from leaders with such diverse experience there."

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