clark-randt-150.jpgU.S. Ambassador to China Clark T. Randt Jr. will share his insights on the 21st-century People’s Republic in SMU’s 2008-09 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Sept. 30. The lecture takes place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Randt, the longest-serving U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 11, 2001. A lawyer fluent in Mandarin, Randt has lived and worked in Asia for more than 30 years. He was a resident of Beijing from 1982 through 1984, when he served as First Secretary and Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy. He also lived in Hong Kong for 18 years, most recently as a partner with the international law firm of Shearman & Sterling as head of the firm’s substantial China practice. He is a member of the New York and Hong Kong bars and is a recognized expert on Chinese law.

In addition, Randt will participate in the Turner Construction/Wachovia Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the entire SMU community is invited.

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