You are Invited: The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson

The Woodrow Wilson Center invites you to a Book Discussion:

The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation

Edited by: James Axtell, Kenan Professor of Humanities Emeritus, College of William & Mary

Moderated by: John Milton Cooper

Thursday, January 12, 2012 ~ 6th floor Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium ~ 4:00–5:00 pm

In The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson, James Axtell brings together essays by eight leading historians and one historically minded political scientist to examine the long, formative academic phase of Wilson’s career and its connection to his relatively brief tenure in politics.  Together, the essays provide a greatly revised picture of Wilson’s whole career and a deeply nuanced understanding of the evolution of his educational, political, and social philosophy and policies, the ordering of his values and priorities, and the seamless link between his academic and political lives.

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STEM Education and Philanthropy

After a long search, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that Cornell had been chosen to erect a graduate school focusing on science on Roosevelt Island.  A large portion of the funds are the result of a gift from Cornell alumnus Charles F. Feeney, co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers Group.  While this gift will go a significant way towards creating a STEM graduate school in New York City, it is by no means the first instance of charitable giving impacting STEM education.

Much STEM-centric philanthropy has in recent years come from corporate giving.  However, a growing number of private, individual giving is now going towards STEM education.  While the Gates Foundation, which has a thriving STEM education focus, is not reliant solely on contributions from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, his individual impact on the direction of the foundation is undeniable.  His Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has also proven very generous when it comes to STEM educationNYSCI has a program designed to facilitate private philanthropy in science education for underserved high school and college students.  Feeney, as quoted in the New York Times, said of his donation, “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create economic and educational opportunity on a transformational scale.”

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Sources: Gates Foundation, NY Sci, New York Times, Slate, Wall Street Journal

Introducing PAGE’s Twitter Feed

Nearly 18 months after introducing the blog, America and the Global Economy, the Program on America and the Global Economy of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is proud to announce it has increased its social media presence by joining the ranks of twitter as well.  To find out the latest in innovation policy, STEM education, entrepreneurship, and a whole host of other issues come visit us at @PAGEeconomy early and often.  Fear not, as we will of course still maintain a robust blogging presence in addition to the new twitter feed.  But for those of you who like your updates strictly in 140 characters or less, this is a great way to find out what we’re up to!

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Divided We Stand: Tackling Growing Inequality Now

Kent Hughes, Director of the Program on America and the Global Economy, will be moderating a discussion on inequality.  The details are below.

Divided We Stand:

Tackling growing inequality now

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

9:30am Registration ~ 10:00am-12:00pm Presentation & Discussion

AFL-CIO, Gompers Room ~ 815 16th Street NW ~ Washington, DC 20006

Register online here.  

Presentation: John Martin, Director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Discussants: Richard Trumka, Chairman, Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC); Charles Heeter, Chairman, Business Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC)

Moderator: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Rising income inequality creates economic, social and political challenges around the globe. It can jeopardize social mobility, as seen in countries where inequality is high and intergenerational earnings mobility is low. The resulting inequality of opportunity will impact economic performance as a whole, including the likely fueling of protectionist sentiments and decreasing support for open trade and free markets.

A new OECD report shows that growing inequalities are not “inevitable.” Globalization and technological changes offer opportunities but also raise challenges that can be tackled with effective and well-targeted policies. Any policy strategy to reduce the growing divide between rich and poor should rest on three main pillars: more intensive human capital investment; inclusive employment promotion; and well-designed tax/transfer redistribution policies.

This gathering will tackle the global questions of: What is the impact of high levels of inequality on policymaking? What can be done to reduce inequality? What is driving the increase in income inequality and, more importantly, how to buck this trend?

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You are Invited – Climate Finance: Innovative Financing Sources for Sustainable Development

      New Rules for Global Finance, Heinrich Böll Stiftung – North America, and the Woodrow Wilson

International Center for Scholars


Climate Finance: Innovative Financing Sources for

Sustainable Development


John Sewell, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Beth Urbanas, Deputy Director, Office of Environment & Energy, U.S. Treasury (invited); Ian Parry, Technical Assistance Advisor (Climate Change and Environment), Tax Policy, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund; Ari Huhtala, Senior Environmental Specialist, Climate Change Team,  Environment Department, World Bank; Liane Schalatek, Associate Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung – North America; David Waskow, Climate Change Program Manager, Oxfam America

The climate summit in Durban/South Africa ended this weekend with a comprehensive yet unfinished climate agreement. Yet some advances were made in the discourse about providing urgently needed financial resources to deal with climate effects in developing countries.  Financing would come from the industrialized countries and be in addition to existing commitments.  In addition, the added resources will be used to address major development, social and environmental benefits that go well beyond a narrow mitigation and adaptation focus.  With traditional donor countries’ budgets severely constrained, innovative and alternative financing sources for sustainable development are gaining some momentum, inside and outside the climate negotiations context.  This panel will bring together speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including international financial institutions, governments, think tanks and civil society groups.  The panel will focus on some of the concrete financing options on the table for sustainable development that go beyond direct public contributions by developed countries.  These varied proposals include taxes and levies on air and maritime transport, special drawing rights and financial transaction taxes.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 ~ 12-2pm ~ 5th Floor Conference Room

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You are Invited: Jackson-Vanik After Russia’s Accession to the WTO

The Kennan Institute and Wilson Center on the Hill present:

 Jackson-Vanik After Russia’s Accession to the WTO

Tuesday, December 13, 2011   12:00-1:15 p.m.

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

Russia’s application to join the World Trade Organization is expected to be approved this month.  To take advantage of the new trade opportunities, the United States will need to permanently waive provisions of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. The original intent behind Jackson-Vanik was to force the Soviet Union to permit more liberal immigration. While immigration is now unrestricted, there is still concern about human rights in Russia. A panel of experts will address the trade, human rights, and other U.S. national interests associated with Russia’s entry into the WTO.

RANDI LEVINAS, Executive Vice President, U.S.-Russia Business Council; THOMAS O. MELIA, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State (TBC); RICHARD PERLE, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; LARA IGLITZIN, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Moderated by: WILLIAM POMERANZ, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute

Please RSVP acceptances only to or 202-691-4357. 

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Partnering Scientists and Teachers: Priming the STEM Pipeline

The Program on America and the Global Economy Presents:

Partnering Scientists and Teachers:

Priming the STEM Pipeline

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

Something powerful happens when teachers and students work side-by-side with scientists and engineers. They come to understand the practice of science and engineering, while scientists and engineers learn to communicate their work in a way that makes sense to the public. These types of partnerships are being recommended by a series of recent legislative initiatives and STEM organizations. Our panel will discuss first-hand experience with teacher-scientist partnerships and how they can strengthen K-12 STEM education.


Richard Boone, Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks; DaNel Hogan, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, and Teacher, Kuna High School, Idaho; Dave Oberbillig, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, and Teacher, Hellgate High School, Montana; Tim Spuck, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, and Teacher, Oil City Area High School, Pennsylvania; Horace Walcott, Josh Westin Research Mentor, Brooklyn Technical High School, New York; Sarah Young, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, and Teacher, Rowland Hall Middle School, Utah


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Directions to the Wilson Center can be found here.

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