May 23, 2011
New York NY
New York, NY

2011 marks two important anniversaries for the National Committee. Forty-five years ago a broad coalition of scholars and civic, religious, and business leaders founded the National Committee to promote deeper understanding of the United States and China in both countries. It also marks the 40th (yes, 40th!) anniversary of Jan Berris joining the National Committee. Our 45th annual Members Program honored the Committee’s legacy and Jan’s role in our work and success.

Several of Jan’s former mentors and bosses who returned for the event, including Richard Solomon, Doug Murray, John Holden, Mike Lampton (by video) and Art Rosen (by message). The program included reminiscences of Jan’s contribution to the Committee and U.S.-China relations, as well as a discussion of the future of the relationship and the Committee’s role in it. An audience participation section followed, where several of our Members and friends shared their recollections of how Jan and the Committee influenced their relationship with China. Jan closed the event with a few words.

National Committee Members, Board and staff are all essential elements of our success over the past 45 years and we celebrate our good fortune every day through your contributions to our work. But it is not often that an organization gets to celebrate the work of long serving staff who have tenures almost as long as the institution itself.

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