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October 28, 2008

Get UPDATED Kozmetsky Center Discusses America and the World — Political and Economic Challenges

The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance

This fall the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward's University will present leading experts discussing critical global issues. The center's UPDATE series will present experts on such topics as America and the World — Political Challenges on Oct. 19, American and the World — Economic Challenges on Oct. 20. All events are free and open to the public.

UPDATE: America and the World — Political Challenges

Sunday, Oct. 19

7 p.m.

Jones Auditorium, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

From Canada to Chile, as well as in the United States, major changes are underway as the result of the emergence of new actors and forces. In Latin America populist leaders have taken power in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador reflecting new political coalitions. Social movements have exercised increased strength throughout the hemisphere pressuring governments for change. Globalization has also exerted considerable pressure.  What can we expect in the near future in the United States, as well as throughout the Americas? What does this mean for the new administration taking office in Washington in January 2009? These and other questions will be discussed by experts.

  • Ariel C. Armony: Audrey Wade Hittinger and Sheldon Toby Katz Distinguished Professor, Colby College.
  • Cynthia J. Arnson: Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  • Philip Brenner: Director, United States Foreign Policy Field, School of International Service, American University.
  • Joseph T. Eldridge: Founder, Washington Office on Latin America.
  • Patricia Fagen: Senior Associate, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University.
  • William M. Leogrande: Dean, School of Public Affairs, American University.
  • Margaret E. Crahan (Moderator): Director, Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance, St. Edward's University.

UPDATE: America and the World — Economic Challenges

Monday, Oct. 20

7 p.m.

Jones Auditorium, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

Global economic forces are strongly impacting the Americas from the weakening of the US dollar to runaway inflation in some Latin American countries which has exacerbated widespread poverty. The high price of oil has enriched the coffers of Venezuela while depleting those of Argentina and Uruguay. Chile has benefited from free trade agreements particularly with Asian countries, while other countries have seen mixed results. The economic downturn in the U.S. is impacting all of Latin America and the Caribbean. What are the prospects for the hemispheric economy in the short and medium term? How has increased economic integration affected the stability of the United States' economy? What are the prerequisites for substantial poverty reduction? These and other questions will be discussed by world renowned experts.

  • Patrick Breslin: former Vice President, Inter-American Foundation.
  • Jo Marie Griesgraber: Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition.
  • Gordon H. Hanson: Director, Center on Pacific Economies; Professor of Economics, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego.
  • Jorge Piñon: Energy Fellow, Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami.
  • Margaret Sarles: Chief of Strategic Planning and Research Division, US Agency for International Development, US Department of State.
  • Margaret E. Crahan (Moderator): Director, Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance, St. Edward's University.

Established through a gift from Ronya Kozmetsky and her late husband, George, the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance promotes understanding of global issues.

The Kozmetsky Center's programs present a broad spectrum of experts who are chosen for their ability to enrich the intellectual life of the university community, as well as to inform the broader public. Their presence is part of St. Edward's University's efforts to generate discussion of major national and international public policy issues.

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