The critical importance of U.S.-China relations in the 21st century will be at the forefront of lively debates and discussions among some of the nation‚Äôs top business, political, and educational leaders at the upcoming Institute for Shipboard Education‚Äôs Forum on Global Engagement.
J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China and currently director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, will join a group of notable speakers that includes The Boeing Company president and chief executive officer Jim McNerney, Chung Po Yang, co-found and chairman of DHL International as well as documentary filmmakers, historians, and entrepreneurs.
The four-day Forum will take place aboard the MV Explorer, the state-of-the-art-ship that serves as the floating campus for the Semester at Sea global study-abroad program. The MV Explorer provides an ideal setting for discussing world issues. Each year, it circumnavigates the globe with hundreds of college students, exposing them to cultures, histories, and politics of countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. The Forum also gives participants a first-hand view into the Semester at Sea experience and life aboard a floating university, complete with a library, computer center, common hall, and nine classrooms.
‚ÄúToday, no international relationship is more important than U.S.-China relations,‚Äù said Loren Crabtree, a lifelong China scholar and member of the ISE Board of Trustees. ‚ÄúFor nearly 50 years, the Institute has engaged thousands of participants in explorations of major global issues, ranging from cultural conflict to environmental degradation. It is only through such dialogue that a safe and profitable journey through sometimes stormy waters can be charted.‚Äù
During the forum, which runs from August 21-25, participants will sail along the Atlantic from Boston, Mass. to Montreal, QC, Canada, and have the rare opportunity for one-on-one discussions with these distinguished thought leaders.
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