China Relations Expert To Speak for Honors Program

for immediate release April 13, 1998

Jan Carol Berris, vice president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, will speak at the spring banquet for Honors Program students and teachers at Abilene Christian University.

The event is set for Thursday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the McGlothlin Campus Center. Berris' visit is jointly sponsored by the Honors Program and the Center for Advancement of Community.

The NCUSCR is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization which conducts policy discussions and exchanges among American and Chinese leaders in governance and civic affairs, international relations, economics, communication, and global issues. The committee sponsored the historic table tennis visit in 1972, the first delegation from the People's Republic of China to the United States.

Berris joined the organization in 1971 and became its vice president in 1980. She has helped arrange visits by more than 300 Chinese delegations to the States and more than 150 American delegations to China. She has traveled to China 38 times, with delegations as diverse as a tennis team and a Supreme Court justice. She holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies and an M.A. in Japanese studies and speaks four languages.

"Globalization is a big priority at ACU," said Dr. Chris Willerton, director of the Honors Program. "Bringing speakers like Ms. Berris is a way to help honors students think globally. We're grateful to Dr. Gary McCaleb and the Center for Advancement of Community for helping arrange her visit."

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