How to Get a Global Education

Speaker: Edith Bartley
Speaker: Anya Schmemann
Presider: Charles Landow

Experts examine routes for students to learn about and prepare for careers in public and foreign policy as part of the 2015 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs.

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American Universities in the Middle East: Agents of Change in the Arab World

Speaker: David Arnold
Speaker: Joseph G. Jabbra
Speaker: Winfred L. Thompson
Speaker: John Waterbury
Presider: Lee C. Bollinger

Please join these university presidents as they discuss the importance and value of American-style liberal arts education in Egypt, Lebanon, and the Gulf, and how it can work to create social change in the Arab world.

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Meeting

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International Competitiveness and Education: A Conversation with Arne Duncan

Speaker: Arne Duncan
Presider: John DeGioia

Recent studies have concluded that the United States continues to fall behind other countries in student achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science. Please join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the future of U.S. education policy and its implications for international competitiveness and national security.


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U.S. Education Reform and National Security: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Panelist: Joel I. Klein
Panelist: Margaret Spellings
Presider: Jon Meacham

Independent Task Force reports are consensus documents that offer comprehensive analysis and policy prescriptions for major U.S. foreign policy issues facing the United States, developed through private and nonpartisan deliberations among a group of high-level experts.

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative and asserts that fixing the nation's underperforming education system is critical for strengthening the country's security and increasing its economic competitiveness. The report offers guidance to policymakers and others on education reforms that will transform K-12 public school systems to ensure America's economic and political growth and security. The Task Force is chaired by Joel I. Klein and Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security adviser. It is directed by Julia Levy, former director of communications for the New York City Department of Education.

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