University of Minnesota

Jon Huntsman to speak about opportunities and challenges for China at University of Minnesota

April 21, 2014

Media note: Media interested in speaking with Jon Huntsman and/or covering the event are asked to RSVP to Vickie Lee-Her at or (612) 626-5750.

What: Bob and Kim Griffin “Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture”
When: 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22
Where: McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street Southeast, Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota China Center welcomes Jon Huntsman former U.S. ambassador to China and twice-elected Utah governor, as keynote speaker at the annual Bob and Kim Griffin “Building U.S. - China Bridges Lecture.” Governor Huntsman’s talk, entitled “China: Opportunities and Challenges,” will discuss the future of U.S. - China relations, the role of education, new trends in trade and collaborations between the two countries, among other topics. This year’s lecture is a part of the “China 100 Symposium: U, Minnesota, and China looking forward to the next century” that takes place earlier in the day.

Governor Huntsman will be available to the media for questions at 3:45 p.m.

Building a legacy for their children and for Minnesota, Bob and Kim Griffin created an endowment fund at the China Center to establish the “Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S. - China Bridges Lecture.” The China Center was established in 1979 to manage the University of Minnesota's exchanges with the Greater China area.  For more than three decades, the China Center has reflected the firm and long-standing commitment of the University to international research, teaching and outreach. Learn more at       

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