Meeting Agenda – March 13, 2017

Legislative Update: A regular feature of West County Democrats general meetings is the Legislative Update presented by Glenn Koenen.  Have you ever wondered what our elected officials do aside from raising money for their next campaign?  Glenn provides a compact view of legislative initiatives proposed by our lawmakers at the national and state level.  If it is important to understand exactly what our officials are doing or not doing to improve the well being, health and safety of our community, you can always find his summary on the Legislative Issues page.

Presentation Topic:  “The State of Chinese-American Relations Today”

Speaker:  Dr. Brian Arendt, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies and International Relations at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Topic:  The United States and China have a long history of trade and contact, dating back to before the founding of the nation. Today that relationship is more detailed and varied than ever before. This presentation will examine the importance of Sino-American relations, the opportunities and threats posed by the relationship today, and methods that may alleviate tensions and provide for a more fruitful outcome. 

About the speaker:  Dr. Brian Arendt earned a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University in 1993. He has taught English courses in South Korea, participated in an internship with the World Trade Center in St. Louis, and served as an adjunct instructor with Lindenwood, St. Louis University, Washington University, and Concordia University. He has taught a wide variety of courses, including World History, modern Chinese history, traditional Chinese history, the history of Asia, and international business. He has presented papers on aspects of Chinese history to the Midwest Association of Asian Studies and the Missouri Conference on History. In 2013 he published an article in Lindenwood University’s Confluence journal entitled, “China and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.” He is currently researching the history of Chinese and German relations in the 1920s.  Dr. Arendt is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies and International Relations at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

As always, we will be collecting for Circle of Concern.  For info click here.

Please join us for lunch following the meeting at the Pasta House on Manchester just west of Weidman at 14007 Manchester Rd. Ballwin, MO. 63011

For the notes from the February meeting, click here.