Town Hall meeting focuses on China and globalization

Interactive discussion with panelists included talk on challenges and opportunities | March 25, 2008

The University is hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, April 3, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center. Three panelists are leading an interactive discussion about China and globalization.

Of all the challenges and opportunities that accompany globalization, those posed by China are surely the most complex. Virtually every global issue leads us directly to China—food, water, the environment, human rights, trade deficits, the U.S. debt, emerging markets, intellectual property rights and military strength. With a population of 1.3 billion, an economy growing at about 10 percent annually and market reforms that have opened up Chinese markets and allowed China to join the World Trade Organization, some say the 21st Century will be the “Chinese Century” and China will replace the United States as the dominant global actor.

The three panelists leading the discussion are:

Oded Shenkar is Ford Motor Co. chair in Global Business Management, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. Shenkar holds degrees in East-Asian studies and sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from Columbia. He has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. The Journal of Business Research has ranked him as the leading researcher in Chinese management.

Roger T. Ames is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii and editor of Philosophy East and West. Ames’ publications include translations of many Chinese classics and interpretations and studies of Chinese philosophy and culture. His most recent efforts include articles promoting a conversation between American pragmatism and Confucianism.

Elizabeth Economy is C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies for The Council on Foreign Relations. Her most recent book, The River Runs Black, won the 2005 International Convention of Asia Scholars Award for best social sciences book.  She is a frequent radio and TV commentator on U.S.-China relations and regularly testifies before Congress.

The Town Hall format is interactive. After brief opening statements, the panelists are questioned first by a moderator and them by the audience. The questions are formulated to encourage the panelists to engage each other in dialogue and debate.

More information is available at or at 513-745-3922.