UM to Hold Live Webcast on US-China Relations

October 10, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center is honored to bring the National Committee on U.S.-China Relation’s 10th annual “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” live webcast to Missoula on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The program, co-sponsored by UM’s Mansfield Center and School of Extended and Lifelong Learning, begins at 5 p.m. in Todd Building Room 210 at UM and is free and open to the public. Those interested should RSVP at or call 406-243-2988.

 Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will lead an expert panel in a live “town hall” meeting broadcast remotely to audiences in more than 80 locations nationwide, including Missoula. He will answer questions regarding current and historical challenges and opportunities for U.S.-China relations.

Kissinger served as national security adviser from 1969 to 1975 and secretary of state from 1973 to 1977. He also taught at Harvard University and currently is chairman of Kissinger Associates Inc., an international consulting firm. As national security adviser, Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations.

In addition to the national webcast, Eric Schluessel, director of UM’s East Asian Studies program, will be onsite to discuss the webcast and to examine the impact of China’s relations with its regional neighbors, particularly in Central Asia.

Schluessel graduated from Harvard University with a doctorate in history and East Asian language and now teaches courses in the history and politics of China at UM. His research focuses on the social history of Xinjiang, a Muslim-majority region in Chinese Central Asia, during the Qing dynasty and 20th century. Schluessel advises students in frontier history, comparative empire and colonialism, and the histories of China and Central Asia.

“CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” is part of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ efforts to help Americans better understand the challenges faced by U.S.-China relations. This year marks the committee’s 50th anniversary.

Established in 1966, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. 

UM’s Mansfield Center houses programs that focus on the peoples and cultures of modern Asia, promote better understanding of U.S. relations with Asia and foster ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield.  


Contact: Caitlin Sager, administrative assistant, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965,