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November 2 | Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall | A Conversation with Professor Lawrence H. Summers

Please join us as we welcome Former Treasury Secretary and leading economist, Lawrence H. Summers for a livestream conversation on United States post-pandemic economic recovery. Along with serving as the 71st Secretary of  the Treasury in the Clinton Administration, Dr. Summers served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as President of Harvard University, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank.

The coronavirus pandemic brought global economic shock. As the end of 2020 approaches, what can Americans expect for post-pandemic economic recovery? Dr. Lawrence H. Summers will tackle this question, in conversation with U.S. Bank Senior Vice President and Portfolio Management Managing Director Bill Dolan. The discussion will first address how US markets have shifted over the course of the pandemic due to the stay-at-home orders, high unemployment, and the federal stimulus bills. It will also analyze the challenges to recovery, both domestically with the presidential election and internationally with increasing hostility between the US and China. Finally, Dr. Summers will address what is needed structurally for the nation’s economy to recover, and what we can expect to see within domestic and international markets once the pandemic is over.

 

Lawrence H. Summers served as the 71st Secretary of  the Treasury in the Clinton Administration. Dr. Summers has also served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as President of Harvard University, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank. Dr. Summers’ tenure at the U.S. Treasury coincided with the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history. He is the only Treasury Secretary in the last half century to have left office with the national budget in surplus. Dr. Summers has played a key role in addressing every major financial crisis for the last two decades. Currently, Dr. Summers is the President Emeritus and the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, where he became a full professor at age 28, one of the youngest in Harvard’s recent history. He directs the University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Summers is an advisor to businesses and investors. He serves on the board of Square and Premise. He chairs the board of the Center for Global Development and serves on the board of ONE. He is an advisor to The Hamilton Project, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Bill Dolan (moderator) is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Management Managing Director at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. As a Portfolio Management Managing Director, Bill leads a team of investment specialists who are responsible for providing clients with personalized service and sophisticated investment strategies. Bill has over 20 years of experience in multiple disciplines including wealth management, investment management and real estate. Prior to joining U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, Bill worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager and California Wealth Management Team Leader at First Bank. Bill is an active member of his community, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Investment Committee for the Pacific Symphony. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the endowment committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. He is a Cornell representative and Board Director for OCMBA and is on the Board of Advisors for the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.   

 

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November 3 | Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall | Election Day Special with Dan Schnur & Todd Purdum

Join us on Election Day for the final part of our 2020 Election Series. On this Election Day Special, Political Communications Professor Dan Schnur of USC, UC-Berkeley, and Pepperdine will be joined by Todd Purdum, senior writer at POLITICO and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. 

On November 3rd, millions of Americans will cast their ballots in person, joined by millions more who already voted by mail. As the day begins to unfold, join us for an overview of how we got here, and most importantly, what to look for tonight and into the future.

 

Todd S. Purdum recently wrote for The Atlantic as a staff writer and California correspondent covering politics and culture. He has also been senior writer at POLITICO and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He was formerly with The New York Times, where he worked for 23 years, covering politics from city hall to the White House. He also served as diplomatic correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief. During the 2016 presidential election, Purdum wrote extensively about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and the legacy of Barack Obama. He recently published Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution (2018).

Dan Schnur (Moderator) is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan was the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, in which he led a weekly online conversation among 100 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government and public policy around the 2018 election. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall.

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November 6 | World Affairs Council of Hilton Head | Global Speakers Program: Maud Olofsson

Words like cooperation, consensus, and compromise are key words in our Nordic tradition. But also openness, social justice, equal rights and opportunities are core values for the whole society. These countries combine social safety and strong individualism at the same time. The private sector, the public sector, and NGOs have worked together on these values. 

This is interesting to look at in a political context where conflict and differences are the new mantra. Globally, it seems like it’s better to find ways to disagree rather to find common ground. It seems better to talk about what divides us rather than what’s bringing us together; it’s very much about right or wrong. Of course these tendencies also reach the Nordic countries. The last financial crisis, globalization, digitalization and also a big migration to Europe are challenging for the region. A lot of people feel that things are getting worse when facts show the opposite. 

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November 6 | World Affairs Council of Hilton Head | Maud Olofsson

Words like cooperation, consensus, and compromise are keywords in our Nordic tradition. But also openness, social justice, equal rights and opportunities are core values for the whole society. These countries combine social safety and strong individualism at the same time. The private sector, the public sector, and NGOs have worked together on these values. 

This is interesting to look at in a political context where conflict and differences are the new mantras. Globally, it seems like it’s better to find ways to disagree rather to find common ground. It seems better to talk about what divides us rather than what’s bringing us together; it’s very much about right or wrong. Of course, these tendencies also reach the Nordic countries. The last financial crisis, globalization, digitalization, and also a big migration to Europe are challenging for the region. A lot of people feel that things are getting worse when facts show the opposite. 

So the question is: will it be possible for the Nordic countries to use their historically strong position of values and development to meet all these challenges? There’s a debate about if these common values of equal rights, free trade, and a market economy are right for the future. So, is it possible to meet these challenges with new answers, and who are the main actors?

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November 10 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | Digital Assets - The Changing World of Money

What is digital currency?  Is the ease of money transfer and decentralized structure a net positive?  Or does the technology facilitate illegal activities, such as money laundering and tax evasion?  Many experts believe that this technology has the potential to disrupt many industries, including finance and law. Join us to learn more about the current and changing world of money and digital currencies.

Andrew Zvirdin

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November 20 | World Affairs Council of Hilton Head | Richard MacGregor

Australia is traditionally one of America’s closest allies, but it also increasingly relies on China for trade. That makes it a test case for the abiding question of our time – whether the US-led alliances that have sustained the Indo-Pacific since World War II can survive the rise of China. Does Australia have to choose between its longstanding security ally and its new economic partner? And what does that mean for the future of the West?

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