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Baylor University Hosts Global Business Forum

Feb. 20, 2009

By Melissa Limmer

Baylor University's McBride Center for International Business will host its annual Global Business Forum on February 23-27, 2009, focusing on "Rebuilding the Global Financial System."

"Right now, when everybody is trying to understand the meltdown of the global financial system, and when governments and corporations are looking for effective strategies, we are thrilled that we will hear from such a distinguished group of international scholars, public servants, and business executives," Dr. Steve Gardner, professor and director of the McBride Center for International Business said.

The Global Business Forum will also include a full schedule of film and student presentations. The Global Business Forum will open on Wednesday evening, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., when Professor Jeffry Frieden from Harvard University will speak on "Capitalism on the Brink," extending the analysis in his acclaimed book, Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, the Forum will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. with a "Report from Washington" with Congressman Chet Edwards. In this live videoconference, Congressman

Edwards will give an up-to-the-minute briefing on legislation related to financial

stabilization and economic stimulus. Edwards is actively involved in this process as a senior member of the House Budget Committee and the House Appropriations Committee, as Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee and Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee.

The following sessions on Thursday will explore "Global Markets: Changing the Rules," "Financial Risk: A Global Survey," "Current Experiences in Global Finance," and "Public Support for Exporters."  

"During the Forum, we will look at the current financial crisis from every conceivable angle.  Our speakers include historians, political scientists, economists, bankers, financial managers, and a key member of Congress, and they come from the U.S. and abroad," Gardner said.

All of the events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for some events, because seating is limited. To register, visit the Global Business Forum Web site at

Please see the forum's Web site for a complete schedule. Unless otherwise noted, the events will take place on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.

About The McBride Center for International Business

In 1992, the McBride Center for International Business was established to provide general coordination and support of all our international activities. Supported by a generous endowment from the estate of Mayo McBride of Woodville, Texas, the McBride Center is headed by its director, Professor Stephen Gardner, and its associate director, Professor Joseph McKinney.  Special programs include the annual Global Business Forum along with an assortment of international business courses and degree offerings, study-abroad programs, foreign language instruction, campus lectures, international student organizations, and other extracurricular activities (such as Baylor's award-winning Model U.N. program).

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