You are Invited: Nation Building: The Plan for Public Education in Post-Earthquake Haiti


The Program on America and the Global Economy Presents:

Nation Building: The Plan for Public Education in Post-Earthquake Haiti 

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 2013

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Flom Auditorium, 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC



H.E. Vanneur Pierre, Minister of Education, Haiti

Paul G. Vallas, distinguished scholar, Wilson Center, education reform expert and lead education consultant to the

Government of Haiti


Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

Nearly 50% of the Haitian population is under the age of 18. Thus restructuring Haiti’s education system is the Government of Haiti’s top priority, a challenge complicated by the devastating 2010 earthquake. The Haitian Minister of Education, along with U.S. education reform expert Paul G. Vallas, share the details, the challenges, the progress and the need to realize Haiti’s vision for its future through education.


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Wilson Center Policy Brief Series: Manufacturing Matters, Strengthening America: Inventing the Future

The Wilson Center recently released two essays by Kent Hughes, Director of the Program on America and the Global Economy, in its series of policy briefs on critical issues which will run from now until Inauguration Day.

Manufacturing Matters

Manufacturing plays a key role in the U.S. economy and will continue to do so. The private sector provides roughly 70 percent of total U.S. spending on research and development, and the bulk of that amount comes from manufacturing enterprises. Manufacturing generates 90 percent of U.S. patents. It also is central to the system that translates laboratory research into commercial products, thus generating jobs and creating wealth. Manufacturing also constitutes the single most important export sector of the economy and is thus critical to America’s ability to pay its way in the international economy. Finally, manufacturing generates millions of jobs, which provide pay and benefits that exceed the national average. Looking ahead, the United States needs a manufacturing strategy that can support the emergence of advanced manufacturing processes that, in conjunction with low-cost energy, can revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector.

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Strengthening America: Inventing the Future

The U.S. innovation system has enormous strengths, including public and private support for research and development, the world’s best university system, and an entrepreneurial risk-taking culture. But those elements of the system now face several domestic and international challenges. In the United States, cuts in federal spending could reduce support for university research. The kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12) education system struggles to keep pace with the rising demands of the 21st-century workplace. Internationally, the United States now faces competition to attract or keep advanced manufacturing firms, research facilities, and top scientific talent. The United States will need to maintain support for research and development (R&D), improve its education system, and learn from best practices around the world.

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An Invitation: Better Capitalism Book Discussion

You are invited to:

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE)

Presents a Book Launch:



Better Capitalism

Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy


Featuring:  Author, Robert E. Litan, Director of Research, Bloomberg Government, formerly the vice president for research and policy for the Kauffman Foundation and a past senior fellow at the Brookings Institution 

Moderated by: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy


Better Capitalism focuses on the huge – but often unrecognized – importance of entrepreneurship to overall economic growth.  The book explains how changes in seemingly unrelated policy arenas – immigration, education, finance, and federal support of university research – can accelerate America’s recovery from recession and spur the nation’s rate of growth in output while raising living standards.  The authors also outline an innovative energy strategy and discuss the potential benefits of government belt-tightening steps.  Sounding an optimistic note when gloomy predictions are the norm, Litan and Schramm show that with wise and informed policymaking, the American entrepreneurial engine can rally and the true potential of the U.S. economy can be unlocked.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012   9:00-10:30 a.m.

6th Floor Board Room, Woodrow Wilson Center 

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You are invited to A Debate: Is the American Economy in Decline?

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The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE) presents:

A Debate:

Is the American Economy in Decline?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

5th floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

Debating the Affirmative:

Robert Atkinson, President, ITIF; Author, Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage

Ed Luce, Financial Times Washington Bureau Chief; Author, Time to Start Thinking

Debating the Negative:

Dan Gross, Daily Beast/Newsweek Global Finance Editor; Author, Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline . . . and the Rise of a New Economy

Jim Pethokoukis, Columnist-blogger, American Enterprise Institute



Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

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You are invited to: The New Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Report

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The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE) presents:

The New Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Report

Thursday, September 20, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

5th floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

Martin A. Schmidt, Co-Technical Lead, Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Report; Associate Provost; Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT


Theresa Kotanchek, Co-Technical Lead, Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Report,

Vice President, Sustainable Technologies and Innovation Sourcing, Dow Chemical Company



Thomas Kurfess, Prof., Georgia Tech, Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing, Office of Science and Technology

The recently released Advanced Manufacturing Partnership report, Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing, details the unique role that manufacturing plays in the broader U.S. economy-as a direct source of jobs, as a spur to additional job growth across the economy, and as an important force for addressing the nation’s trade deficit.  Most importantly, the report reveals that the nation’s continued strength in innovation depends on sustaining a close, two-way connection between the innovation and manufacturing processes.  “Proximity to the manufacturing process creates innovation spillovers across firms and industries leading to the ideas and capabilities that support the next generation of products and processes,” the report notes.  “In this way, a vibrant manufacturing sector is inextricably linked to our capacity as a nation to innovate.”  At this forum the two technical co-leads for the AMP report will discuss its findings.

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You Are Invited: Leading the Second Century of Flight

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Leading the Second Century of Flight


Jim Albaugh

Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company

 With an introduction by

The Honorable Jane Harman

Director, President and CEO

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Since the Wright brothers’ first flight, America’s leadership in aerospace has helped build our economy and ensured our security. Today our leadership is threatened by budget constraints at home and heavy investment by other nations abroad. In this National Aerospace Week address, Jim Albaugh will highlight what’s at stake and what steps the U.S. must take to lead the second century of flight.

Jim Albaugh is an executive vice president of The Boeing Company. A 37-year Boeing veteran, Albaugh has led the company’s commercial, defense, space and security businesses.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Woodrow Wilson Center

6th Floor, Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium

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Live Webcast Tomorrow: Can America Restore Its Competitive Edge?

This event is by invitation only but a live webcast will be available here at the time of the event.

Can America Restore Its Competitive Edge?

What will it take to rebuild wealth-generation and innovation in the U.S.? What are the roles of government, business, and educators and what changes must each of them make to reverse the decline in US competitiveness?


Introduction by The Honorable Jane Harman—President, Director and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Norm Augustine—former CEO, Lockheed-Martin, Chair of the National Academies Gathering Storm Committee and author of Rising Above the Gathering Storm

John Engler—former Governor of Michigan, former President of the National Association of Manufacturers, and currently President of the Business Roundtable

Paul Vallas—former Superintendent of the Recovery School District in Louisiana; former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia and active in restoring schools in post-earthquake Chile and Haiti

Jan Rivkin—Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration Unit Head, Harvard  Business School

Deborah L. Wince-Smith—President, Council on Competitiveness

David Wessel (moderator)—Chief  Economic Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

 Wednesday, March 28, 2012

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor, Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium

 The National Conversation at the Woodrow Wilson Center series provides a safe political space for deep dialogue and informed discussion of the most significant problems and challenges facing the nation and the world.