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Dinkins Forum Questions Whether New Technology Hurts NYC Global Position

On Monday, Oct. 10, David Dinkins, Columbia professor and former New York City Mayor, joins experts at the 11th Annual Dinkins Policy and Leadership Forum to examine the impact of globalization, new technology and new immigrants on New York City. Sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia's Center for International Business and Research, the Dinkins Forum regularly examines the City's urban agenda.

A leading expert in global cities, University of Chicago Professor Saskia Sassen, joins Dinkins, senior policymakers, and leading academics and writers to examine whether the virtual capacity of information technology might reduce New York City's geographic draw for international commerce; whether City investments to keep firms, such as Goldman Sachs, still make sense; and which global cities best absorb large immigrant populations? Sassen's keynote address begins at 1:15 p.m. on the 15 th floor of the SIPA building, 420 W. 118 th Street.

Global Financial Centers: Opportunities and Challenges, 2:10 p.m.

Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia Business School; Benn Steil, Director of International Economics of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Building a Transatlantic Securities Market; Joshua Sirefman, Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, and major architect of the City's economic incentive program; and John P. Davidson, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, who is responsible for the global institutional equity infrastructure of Morgan Stanley.

The Immigrant Population 21st Century Global Cities: Education and Community, 3:55 p.m.

Community Service Society President David R. Jones, New York City Deputy Mayor for Policy Dennis Walcott; John Liu, the City's first Asian American Council member; Dr. Guillermo Linares, a former public school teacher and taxi driver who became the first Dominican American elected to public office in the United States; and Riva Kastoryano, Senior Research Fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research and Institut d'etudes politiques in Paris, noted for her work on transnational politics of immigrants in Europe and the United States.

"New York City is a magnet and a model for other global cities," said David Dinkins. "But we need to understand what works and what doesn't. Will we remain the world's primary global financial center? Are our community and educational institutions doing their job of enabling the City's immigrants to thrive as a worldwide example of successful diversity? For the past 10 years, this Forum has brought together local, national and international leaders to examine pressing issues. The 11th Forum continues the tradition."

The conference will be held on the 15 th floor of the SIPA building, 420 W. 118 th Street, from 12:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more details about the conference and to register, visit http://www.sipa.columbia.edu/dinkinsforum/.

Published: Oct 06, 2005
Last modified: Oct 10, 2005

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