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Registration Deadline for Free Trade Seminar Extended to Feb. 19

The registration deadline for the first University of Iowa Provost's Forum for International Affairs has been extended to noon on Monday, Feb. 19. The forum, which takes place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, will focus on free trade and the global workplace.

Business, government, academic leaders, students, and the general public are invited to register. The Free Trade Seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

There is no charge to attend the Free Trade Seminar, but pre-registration is required by Monday, Feb. 19. To view the complete schedule or to register, visit

Pietra Rivoli, Christopher Foster and Arvind Panagariya -- experts from academia and government -- will speak on issues of free trade and globalization on the first day of the forum. Friday's events will conclude with a look at these issues from a business perspective through a moderated panel of experts, including professionals from Cerner, the UI College of Law, Dupont Agriculture & Nutrition, John Deere and Union Pacific Railroad.

Rivoli is an associate professor of business at Georgetown University and author of "The Travels of a T-shirt in a Global Economy." She will present "Travels of a T-shirt." Her recent research has been published in Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of International Business Studies. She is involved in social issues at Georgetown, including the university's Licensing Oversight Committee, which oversees workplace issues for GU apparel producers, the university's Committee for Social Responsibility in Investing and the Vital Voices partnership, a university initiative in executive education for women from developing countries.

Foster will discuss "Maximization, Minimization and Globalization." He currently serves as deputy secretary of business and economic development for the state of Maryland. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the state's commerce department and also serves as the state's chief technology officer, where he manages the Early Seed Stage Venture Fund, which makes direct investments in technology and life science companies. His current position is the culmination of a career in which he has been president of a health-care software firm, a chief technology officer, an aviation logistics manager for a U.S. Marine Corps multi-billion dollar aircraft procurement program and military associate chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Panagariya is the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy in the Department of International and Public Affairs and of Economics at Columbia University. He was formerly a professor of economics and co-director of the Center for International and Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park and the chief economist of the Asian Development Bank. He has also advised the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other major global entities in various capacities. He will present "Miracles and Debacles: In Defense of Trade Openness."

The afternoon will feature a business panel discussion moderated by Professor Jonathan Carlson from the College of Law. Business executives include: Paul Black, Cerner; Erik Fyrwald, Dupont Agriculture & Nutrition; Adel Zakaria, John Deere; and Elizabeth F. Whited, Union Pacific Railroad.

The forum's second day will involve a student case competition. The competition is open to students from all majors and will provide each four-person team a chance to explore a real international business issue.

For more information or special accommodations, contact Ann Knudson, UI Institute of International Business (IIB), at 319-335-1379 or

The first Provost Forum was awarded to Terry Boles, associate professor of management and organizations and IIB director, Knudson, and Cathy Cole, professor of marketing, all in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, with support from UI International Programs.

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