Garrett opens USC Global Conversation
Legal scholar and USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett welcomed a distinguished group of guests and panelists Monday, Oct. 8 to a USC Global Conversation event focused on lasting recovery during one of the deepest economic crises of the past century.
With its theme as “The Future of the Global Economy,” the October 9 panel discussion will gather leading economic experts from USC and the U.K. policy world, including keynote speaker The Right Honorable Jack Straw, Member of Parliament and former Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons under then Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In remarks at a reception the evening before the discussion, Garrett emphasized the university’s international character, in diversity and number of both students and faculty. USC has enrolled the most international students of any university in the U.S. for more than a decade, and also boasts a highly diverse community of scholars.
“Our longstanding reputation as an engaged institution accessible to scholars around the world makes it even more important that we continue to open and nurture channels of dialogues with friends and peers overseas,” Garrett said.
“Our scholarly community – faculty, students, alumni, and supporters – extends to every continent, and we rely on this community to represent our institutional values across the world. We believe that rigorous discussion of issues that are important to governments around the world helps us form meaningful connections.”
James Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, acknowledged the daunting challenges facing world economies, and the lack of agreement by policymakers on effective solutions.
“What do we do? What can we do, and what can we as an academic institution do as we prepare the next generation of leaders?” he asked, promising a start toward some answers at the next day’s discussion. Panelists at the USC Global Conversation include leading financial experts from USC and institutions in the U.K.
“During the Global Conversation we will hear from experts, policymakers and educators from around the world, as we address the challenges still facing our global economy,” Garrett said.
Garrett recognized the distinguished guests in the crowd, which included many London-based Trojans, three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming and world record holder Rebecca Soni ’09, hurdler and Olympic medalist Tasha Danvers ’02, and senior administrators and deans from 11 other USC schools.