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Speaker discusses Chinese Intelligence Network in program at Bar Harbor Library tonight

Posted Oct. 08, 2013, at 10:44 a.m.
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR — Expert Ron Jarvella will be at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to explore the Chinese intelligence network in a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. He will discuss how the Chinese spy agency is structured, how it operates, and what it is after. The Jesup Memorial Library is at 34 Mount Desert St. in Bar Harbor.

While most people are familiar with the CIA, MI5, Mossad, and the old KGB, how many can name the Chinese equivalents? The Chinese pioneered the idea of gathering intelligence on enemies, potential or real. They have been at it longer than anybody else. And Mr. Jarvella will let us in on their secrets. He taught history at the secondary level for more than 30 years. Since retiring to Maine in 1991, he has been active in several Mid-Coast Maine organizations that promote education or the study of international affairs. He has served on the board of the Camden Conference, and is currently on the board of the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the advisory board of the Hutchinson Center of the University of Maine in Belfast.

His talk is the second in a three-part series called The World in Your Library sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and is funded by a grant awarded jointly to the Southwest Harbor Library, the Jesup and the Northeast Harbor Library.

The first event in the series was at the Southwest Harbor Library on Sept. 7; Scott Erb on “Children and War.” The concluding talk in the series will be at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and will be Seth Singleton with “Will China Rule the World?”

For more information about any of these events, contact Melinda Rice at the Jesup Memorial Library at mrice@jesuplibrary.org or 207-288-4245.

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