NMSU to participate in online seminar on America’s place in world economy

September 30, 2008 by Daniella De Luca NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University students, professors, staff and other participants from across the nation will get the opportunity to hear about the current state of the economy from economists and advisers of the presidential candidates at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2.

They will participate in the second of three online seminars called “America in the World Economy: Fair Competition and Open Markets” presented by Meridian International Center, a nonprofit educational center in Washington, D.C.

NMSU students and others in the participating organizations will submit questions via e-mail and live chat from the campus in Las Cruces to be distributed to the moderators and panelists including: Jason Furman an economist for the Barack Obama campaign; Dr. Jared Bernstein an economic policy institute adviser to Obama; Gene Sperling economic advisor to Obama; Lael Brainard the vice president and director of global economy and director of Brookings Initiative on Competitiveness; and Scott Lincicome a John McCain economic adviser.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to interact with specialists and engage with different perspectives on these issues,” said Jason Ackleson, associate professor of government at NMSU.

Questions for this seminar will focus on how the next president of the United States will confront specific issues and the effect on global and local economies. Each topic was pre-determined by Meridian, and the Oct. 2 topic will focus on how the presidential candidates will help Americans regain financial security in a time of crisis.

Graduate and undergraduate students have prepared questions for the panelists as part of a seminar schedule built into classroom activities for this semester.

Participants will link from their campus or office to the Meridian House in D.C. Other institutes participating in the conference include The World Affairs Councils of America, The United Nations Association, “Campus Voices” (a coalition of 18 leading universities based at Harvard), “UChannel” (a coalition of leading technology universities based at Princeton) and international sites through U.S. embassies.

The next seminar “America and the Multilateral World” will be at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 9. To connect to the series, visit www.meridian.org or for more information on the Oct. 2 seminar contact Winnie Lee, assistant professor of economics at (575) 646-4662.

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