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Rosenfield Program to sponsor global financial crisis symposium Feb. 21-23

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights will sponsor a Feb. 21-23 symposium on the global financial crisis with professionals from the Federal Reserve, Standard & Poor’s, the Washington Post, and academia.

Sarah Purcell, director of the Rosenfield Program, said the symposium topic continues to be of great interest and concern, “as our students look for jobs, in an election year, and as the intensity evolves from day to day.

“The global finance issue touches all three of our program areas―public affairs, international relations, and human rights―, and we are very fortunate to have experts joining us who can address these from their vantage point in the financial world,” Purcell added, noting that one of the key speakers is Grinnell graduate John Chambers who chairs the S&P’s sovereign rating committee.

The symposium will include the following free, public events to be held in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus:

• Tues., Feb. 21, 8 p.m.: John Chambers, managing director of Standard & Poor’s and a 1977 Grinnell graduate, will reflect on the crisis in the European Union with ”Dislocations in the Euroarea. A fiscal or external problem?”

• Wed., Feb. 22, 4:15 p.m.: “Picking Up (and Rearranging) the Pieces: Global Financial Governance After the Great Recession,” will be the focus of a talk by Mark Copelovitch, assistant professor of political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin. Copelovitch teaches courses about the international political economy, and in 2010 published a book on the International Monetary Fund.

• Wed., Feb. 22, 8 p.m.: A screening of “Inside Job,” an Academy Award-winning documentary about the 2008 global economic crisis with interviews from financial insiders in the U.S., China, England, France, Iceland, and Singapore, will be co-sponsored by the campus Cultural Films Committee.

• Thurs., Feb. 23, 11 a.m.: Washington Post business and economics columnist Steven Pearlstein will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation on “The Crisis is Over. Now Comes the Hard Part.” Pearlstein received the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for commentary that anticipated and interpreted the recession. He is also the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University.

• Thurs., Feb. 23, 4:15 p.m.: Federal Reserve economist Elizabeth Laderman will close the symposium with “The Financial Crisis and Lending in Low-Income Neighborhoods.” Laderman, a 1980 Grinnell graduate, works for the Federal Reserve’s San Francisco region.

For more information about the symposium, contact Sarah Purcell,, 641-269-3091. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or


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