World leaders, scholars, journalists, and CEOs will join high-level U.S. and foreign officials for the 2002 Harvard Colloquium on International Affairs, April 12-13 at Harvard University. Panel discussions sponsored by over a dozen Harvard Schools, centers, and programs will focus on what has changed in world affairs since Sept. 11 – and what has not.
Robert E. Rubin, chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup and former Secretary of the Treasury, will deliver the keynote address (“Decision-making on Globalization and Poverty Amidst Today’s Global Complexities”) on Friday, April 12, at the ARCO Forum of Public Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. The program begins at 7 p.m. The colloquium will conclude with “A Closing Conversation on Globalization” with Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, to be held at 4 p.m. on April 13 in the Ames Courtroom at the Law School. In the words of Harvard Law School Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, “The Harvard Colloquium on International Affairs is unique as a regular University-wide event. It gives us all a chance to listen to one another and to a very distinguished roster of outside speakers on a subject that challenges every discipline in different ways. We hope to focus as much on what has not changed in the wake of Sept. 11 as what has, and to argue about what should.”
The pressing issues of poverty, biodiversity, health, and human rights will be discussed during “The Worlds That Have Not Changed After September 11,” sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health. Eminent biologist Edward O. Wilson will be among the panelists; Dean Barry Bloom of the School of Public Health will moderate. The Washington, D.C., bureau chief of Al-Jazeera television, Hafez Al-Mirazi, will join journalists Nik Gowing of the BBC and Sarah Chayes of National Public Radio for a discussion on “A War of Ideas: The Media as Shocktroops,” moderated by Alex Jones of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.
The CEO of Novartis International, Daniel Vasella, will join John Gerard Ruggie, Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, and other panelists to discuss “Global Governance: What Role for Business?” Harvard Business School professor Debora L. Spar will moderate. Amartya Sen will address a panel on “Human Security: What Role for Rights?” for which Jacqueline Bhabha, chair of the University Committee on Human Rights Studies at Harvard, will serve as moderator. Two other panels will focus on the military and political dimensions of the war on terrorism.
All of the panels are free and open to the media and the public.
For more information on the colloquium panels and participants, visit the Web site at http://www.international-colloquium.harvard.edu.