Tea, Drugs and Money: Dr. Eric Dolin on the Seeds of U.S.-China Trading
Dr. Eric Jay Dolin is an environmental scientist, a researcher and a writer. His most beloved role, however, is storyteller. Dr. Dolin, presenter of the 2014 Hong Kong Lecture, told students the story of how America’s trade relationship with China began. His most recent book, When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail, chronicles the period following the American Revolution through the mid-19th century with tales of the tea, fur and opium trade, clipper ship travels and life in the seaport of Canton.
“During this period, trading between the United States and China was significant, but not particularly important economically or to American policy makers,” says Mr. Dolin, Milton’s fifteenth Hong Kong Speaker. “Things could hardly be more different today. China is the second largest trading partner behind Canada to the United States, accounting for 14 percent of America’s foreign trade. Once measured in tens of millions of dollars, today the China trade is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars and it’s one of the critical policy issues of the United States.”
Watch his talk in the FCC.
Hoops for Haiti: Milton Gears Up for Another Great Event
In 2010, math faculty member Peter Kahn organized the first Hoops for Haiti student-faculty basketball game. The event helped raised funds for those affected by the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January of that year. Four years later, Haitians are still suffering from displacement and disease. Continuing the support for those still in need, Milton hosted the fifth annual Hoops for Haiti on Thursday afternoon. All proceeds from the event will go to Haitian support efforts.
A Tale of Two Brothers
Video: Watch highlights from the first Hoops for Haiti.
Milton’s 1212 actors presented True West, by American playwright Sam Shepard, this past weekend. The story unfolds in a kitchen where two brothers’ dysfunctional relationship is laid bare, reaching a chaotic and rage-filled conclusion. Silvio Rossi (III) played Austin, a successful screenwriter who is housesitting for his mother (played by Charlotte Goddu (I)) while she is away on vacation. His estranged brother, Lee, played by Louie Demetroulakos (II) is a thief and drifter who arrives intent on robbing his mother’s neighbors. Saul, a movie producer played by Sean Chanicka (II), also arrives for a planned visit, adding an unexpected twist.
View photos of the performance.