Global Focus

B.C. to Host June 3 Finance Confab

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The University will once again welcome the nation's leading financial and economic experts when it hosts "The Boston College Conference on Prospects for a Global Economy" on Monday, June 3.

Vice President Albert Gore Jr. has been invited to give a keynote speech at the event, along with recently appointed Secretary of Commerce Michael Kantor and Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin.

In addition, the conference will include panel presentations with prominent executives, scholars, writers and other experts discussing some of the most pressing current topics in business and finance: "The International Impact of the Telecommunication Revolution"; "American Jobs, Economic Growth and Global Competition: Sources of and Solutions to Uncertainty"; and "The Stability of Global Financial Markets."

The day-long conference - organized in conjunction with Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) '68, JD '72, and sponsored by the Carroll School of Management - will take place in Robsham Theater, beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is the second major economic conference the University has sponsored in the past two years. In September of 1994, "The Boston College Conference on Financial Markets and the Economy" featured appearances by Rubin, Federal Reserve System Chairman Alan Greenspan, Congressional Budget Office Director Robert D. Reischauer and more than 25 other leading economic observers and course-setters.

Conference participants this year will include: American Stock Exchange Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard F. Syron, vice-chairman of the University Board of Trustees; Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt; Fidelity Investments Managing Director and General Counsel Robert C. Pozen; Prof. Peter Gottschalk (Economics), an expert on economic inequality; Yale University economist and 1981 Nobel Laureate James Tobin; American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations President John J. Sweeney; NBC President and CEO Robert Wright; New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta; NYNEX Corp. Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg; Fortune magazine columnist Marshall Loeb; and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Irving, the director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Also appearing will be: Charles Clough Jr., chief investment strategist for Merrill Lynch & Co. and a University trustee; Bear Stearns & Co. Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist Wayne D. Angell; Richard C. Breeden, chairman of International Financial Services at Coopers & Lybrand; Sybase, Inc. Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing Mitchell Kertzman; Continental Cable Inc. Chairman and CEO Amos B. Hostetter Jr.; Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter; and D.E. Shaw & Co. Chairman David E. Shaw.

"In 1994, Congressman Markey was kind enough to lend his guidance to our economic conference, which both participants and observers characterized as perhaps the most significant financial gathering in the country that year," said Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre, who is leading organizational efforts for the conference.

"Once again, with the congressman's assistance," he added, "the response from some of the leading individuals in the field of international finance has been overwhelming. It gives us great hope that the 1996 conference will have a similar impact, both for the Carroll School of Management and the critical dialogue on the global economy now taking place."

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