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Columbia Journalism's 8th Annual Reuters Forum To Focus on Human Capital

The central role of human capital in sustaining the global economy is the focus of this year's Reuters Forum at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Open to the public and free of charge, it will bring together international scholars, bankers, business leaders, journalists and world financial authorities to discuss trends in education, training, knowledge, skills and health that affect people's earnings and world economic development. The discussions will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on seven Wednesday evenings, Jan. 28, Feb. 11 , Feb. 25, March 11, April 1, April 15 and April 29, in the main lecture hall of the Journalism School. Participants will include Columbia economist Jagdish Bhagwati and urbanist Saskia Sassen, banker Walter Wriston, Stephen Cecchetti of the Federal Reserve, Bruno Laporte of the World Bank, Demetrios Papademetriou of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Louis Uchitelle of The New York Times and Edward Yardeni of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. They will debate the impact of the information revolution, trade liberalization, the rise of democracies and free market economics on the development of human capital. "At a time when ideas and innovation are the new engines of economic growth and the 'knowledge worker' has become the driver of this new world economy, the Reuters Forum will bring together the innovative thinkers of the day to address some of the most compelling questions surrounding the role of human capital in economic development," said Terri Thompson, director of the forum. Among some of the questions to be addressed at this year's Reuters Forum: What is the necessary regulatory framework to attract and nurture today's high- skilled workers? What architecture of governance - both national and trans- national - is reasonable in a global age? Does everyone have access to the new factors of production - knowledge and ideas? Has economic globalization had an impact on workers by producing a race to the bottom among manual and low- wage service workers as firms shop around the world for cheaper labor? Is global capitalism dismantling the social safety net? Are the social costs of economic deregulation too high? Following is the forum schedule: Jan. 28 Global Migration: The Competition for Human Capital. Moderated by William Wolman of Business Week, with Muzaffar Chishti of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE); Van Doorn Ooms, Committee for Economic Development, and Dr. Demetrios Papademetriou, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Feb. 11 Global Governance: Are Global Institutions a Match for Global Markets? Moderated by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, with Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University; Clyde Preskowitz, Economic Strategy Institute, and Walter Wriston, former chairman, Citibank. Feb. 25 Education & Training: Can Anyone Join the Knowledge Revolution? Moderated by Ernst Z. Rothkopf, Teachers College, with John Gage, Sun Microsystems; Richard Kazis, Jobs for the Future, Inc., and Bruno Laporte, The World Bank. March 11 Labor at a Crossroads: Do the World's Workers Need a Raise? Moderated by Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, with John Langmore, United Nations; Sumner Rosen, Columbia University; Robert Taylor, The Financial Times, and Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times. April 1 Global Trade: Do Open Markets Threaten National Sovereignty? Moderated by Peter Morici, University of Maryland, with Kimberly Elliott, Institute for International Economics; Robert Hormats, Goldman Sachs International; Thea M. Lee, AFL/CIO, and Clive McKeefe, Reuters. April 15 The New Growth Debate: Has Economics Kept Pace with the Information Age? Moderated by Robert J. Gordon, Northwestern University, with Stephen G. Cecchetti, Federal Reserve; Stephen Roach, Morgan Stanley, and Dr. Edward E. Yardeni, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. April 29 Global Capitalism: A Boon or Bane for Social Progress? Moderated by Dr. Alice H. Amsden, M.I.T., with R.C. Longworth, Chicago Tribune; Claudia Rosett, The Wall Street Journal, and William G. Shipman, State Street Global Advisors. Students in Columbia's Business, International and Public Affairs, Law and Journalism schools may enroll in The Reuters Forum for academic credit and attend lectures preceding each discussion. The best articles they write will appear in the next edition of The Reuters Forum Journal published by Columbia University. The 1997 edition may be seen on The Reuters Forum website at or it may be purchased for $4.95 and ordered by calling (212) 854-2711. For more information or to register for The Reuters Forum, call (212) 854-6840, fax (212) 854-3900 or e-mail The Reuters Forum was begun in 1991 with a grant from The Reuter Foundation. 1.20.98 19,256