George Soros, Lawrence Summers Top Economics Panel at the CUNY J-School

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

With the global financial meltdown front and center on everyone’s mind, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism hosted an all-star forum on Oct. 23rd featuring some of the world’s leading economics experts.

The event, “Beyond the Crisis: The Future of the Global Economy,” was presented in partnership with Big Think, a web site that promotes discussion of ideas through interviews with thought leaders.

The panel featured financier George Soros, chairman of the Soros Management Fund and the Open Society Institute; Dr. Lawrence Summers, former secretary of the treasury and former president of Harvard University; and Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Merton, John and Natty McArthur University Professor at the Harvard Business School. Tom Stewart, chief marketing officer of Booz and Co. and former editor of the Harvard Business Review, moderated the discussion.

Also on the program were Peter Thiel, president of Clarium Capital Management and co-founder of PayPal, who delivered opening remarks on our bubble and bust economy. Prof. Sarah Bartlett, who heads the CUNY J-School’s business and economics reporting program, welcomed the panelists and the 80 invited guests.

To hear excerpts of the discussion, click on the following links:

George Soros on America’s new engines of growth

Lawrence Summers on the future of the economy

Robert Merton’s call for a national economic safety board

Tom Stewart’s summary of Beyond the Crisis: The Future of the Global Economy

Peter Thiel’s four theories on the bubble and bust economy