July 1, 2013 – Sino-American Relations

The Search for Global Stability in the 21st Century

SPEAKER: Dr. James T. Kenny,
Chair of the Board of Directors, The Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine

DATE: July 1, 2013
TIME: 7:30 AM
LOCATION: Bangor Public Library


Abstract: In today’s search for global stability, a climate of lessened conflict and balanced trade, we are forced to transcend some known and previously workable public policy positions and icons. Evolution in technology and commerce, the emergence of politico-cultural fault lines, the re-definition of work, and the changing role of women in societies are but a few of the signals that the world is not what it once was.

British historian Arnold Toynbee, commenting on the growth and decline of civilizations, noted that “the nemesis of creativity is the idolization of ethereal technique.” This now seems an almost intuitive reality. A new century and our fullest participation in it requires us to embrace reasoned change. Two world superpowers, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will most assuredly continue to expand in both productivity and their respective world influence. In light of this probability a more balanced, cooperative pattern of interaction between the two twenty-first Century leader states should be sought along with a mutual re-definition of common goals that might benefit all of mankind in increased health, enhanced well-being, freedom from fear, and clean sustainable living environments.

These concerns should be on the agendas of both powers, but that process begins with each of us. The Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine (CLCCM) as an organization is committed to exchange–the sharing of ideas and ideals, the opening of economic opportunities, and the provision of cultural and language training. If change is to be a constant feature of our global landscape, let it be for the best and predicated upon a mutual and sustainable commitment to accommodation, reciprocity, and broadened human understanding.

JimKenny_CLCCMAbout the speaker: After being awarded two master’s degrees, James Kenny moved on to earn a Ph.D. at the Joseph E. Korbel School of International Studies. His dissertation work, in International Law, was supported by Admiral Stansfield Turner, then President of the US Naval War College. Dr. Kenny presently serves as board chairman of the Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine (CLCCM). Prior to this, he chaired the board of the Teague Biotechnology Center. While in Alabama, he served as president of the Montgomery Area Community Health Science Institute and Vice Chancellor for Research at Auburn University Montgomery. In this latter capacity he helped organize and served in the inauguration of the Alabama TechnaCenter, a university affiliated research park. Dr. Kenny has taught university-level political science, international studies, international law and diplomatic history. In the 1980’s, he assisted the National Endowment for the Humanities in creating a widely used curriculum on “The World of Islam.”