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China Town Hall

CHINA Town Hall connects leading China experts with Americans around the country for a national conversation on the implications of China’s rise on U.S.-China relations and its impact on our towns, states, and  nation.

The University of Tennessee is proud to join a range of institutions and community groups, colleges and universities, trade and business associations, and world affairs councils, in partnering with National Committee on U.S. China Relations, to bring this important national conversation to local communities around America.

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Partners: Department of History, Asian Studies Program, TN-China Network

The local panel starts at 8:00 PM EDT


Alan Enslen, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Alan Enslen is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Womble Bond Dickinson, where he represents clients in international trade and national security matters, government investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, and global trade disputes in the commercial and defense sectors.  His practice is typically focused on export controls, economic/trade sanctions programs, CFIUS foreign direct investment national security reviews, and global anti-corruption laws.  Alan received his LL.M., with distinction, in International Trade Law from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a retired U.S. Army officer.     
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Virginia Harper Ho, Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor, The University of Kansas

Virginia Harper Ho is an Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law. Her research focuses on corporate governance, securities regulation, and sustainable finance in the U.S. and mainland China.  She has been a research fellow at the International Institute of Green Finance of the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing and a visiting scholar at Sun Yat-Sen University and Zhejiang University. She is a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  
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Maggie Lewis, Professor of Law, Seton Hall

Margaret K. Lewis is a professor of law at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on law in China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice and human rights. Professor Lewis has been a Fulbright senior scholar at National Taiwan University, a visiting professor at Academia Sinica, and a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Lewis is currently living in Taipei as a recipient of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taiwan Fellowship.
Shellen Wu, Director of Asian Studies at UT; Associate Professor of History
Shellen Wu is an associate professor of history at UT, also the Director of the Asian Studies Program. Wu’s research interests include Modern Chinese History, History of Science, Global History. Wu is particularly interested in imperialism, the global ascendance of science, and how changes in the uses and exploitation of natural resources affected the modern Chinese state and society. She is currently working on a second book on the rise of geopolitical discourse in twentieth century China. 

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Partners: Department of History, Asian Studies Program, TN-China Network


  • David Parsley, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics and Finance at Vanderbilt University
  • Larry Combs,  Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Jack Daniel’s Global Supply Chain
  • John McDevitt, Sr. Director of Supply Chain Management at Radio Systems Corporation
  • Peter Zysk, Director, and Head of Insight, Asia at the business advisory firm Brunswick Group


2019 China Town Hall

Partners: Department of History, Asian Studies Program, TN-China Network


  • Mr. Waterman Cao, Director of Hardgoods, Radio Systems Co.
  • Dr. Paul Gellert, Director of UTK Global Studies Program
  • Mr. John McDevitt, Sr. Director of Supplier Management, Radio Systems Co.
  • Dr. Yang Zhong, Professor of Political Science and US-China relations