Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 5:55 pm

Grinnell, IA - [[{"fid":"5178","view_mode":"media_original","type":"media","attributes":{"height":69,"width":225,"style":"width: 225px; height: 69px; float: right;","alt":"china_town_hall_logo.jpg","class":"media-element file-media-original"}}]]On Monday, Oct. 29 Grinnell will host CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, starting at 5:00 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center. This event is co-sponsored by The Rosenfield Program and Prairie Studies and is open to the public and all members of the Grinnell College community. A buffet style dinner will be served prior to the lectures and an informal conversation refreshments follow.

CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 60 cities throughout the United States, sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. As the Presidential election approaches, the U.S.-China relationship is in the news for both economic and geopolitical reasons. The CHINA Town Hall is designed to help Americans understand this dynamic relationship and answer their questions on the issues.

David Miller, director of research and commodity services for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), will attend and speak at the CHINA Town Hall. His talk, "Feeding the Dragon: China's Appetite for Iowa Products" will begin at 6 p.m. and will be moderated by Matthew Johnson, assistant professor of history at Grinnell College.

David Miller coordinates the research programs of the Iowa Farm Bureau and the various commodity services offered by the Federation. He also provides economic analysis of agricultural issues and is a primary liaison for the Federation with state and national commodity organizations. Prior to working for the IFBF, Miller served as a commodity policy specialist for the American Farm Bureau, working on agricultural policy issues for dairy, livestock and the grain industry.

The CHINA Town Hall will also feature a live webcast with U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke at 7 p.m. Ambassador Locke will discuss "Current Issues in U.S.-China Relations" and respond to questions from audience members nationwide, moderated by Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Gary Locke has been U.S. Ambassador to China since August 2011. As Secretary of Commerce from 2009 to 2011, he was point person for achieving the President's National Export Initiative, which achieved a thirty-two percent increase in exports to China from 2009 to 2010. Before his appointment to the President's cabinet, Locke served two terms as governor of Washington, where he helped double the state's exports to China, and as a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, David Wright Tremaine LLP, co-chairing the firm's China practice.

The Joe Rosenfield '25 Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or

CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Image courtesy of National Committee on United States-China Relations