Book Launch: What The U.S. Can Learn From China

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Puck Building, 2nd Fl.
The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue at NYU
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604

While America is still reeling from the financial crisis and high unemployment, China’s economy continues to grow and is predicted by some to surpass the US by 2020. Join Senior Fellow Ann Lee for a conversation with Matthew Bishop, U.S. Business Editor of The Economist, about the lessons the US can glean from China’s growth, as detailed in her newly released book What the U.S. Can Learn From China

From education to governance and foreign aid, Lee details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and then isolates the ways the US can use China’s enduring principles to foster much-needed change at home. She does not ignore China’s shortcomings, particularly in the area of human rights, but rather asserts that overemphasizing these differences will cause the US to miss a vital opportunity. 
About The Speakers
Ann Lee is a Senior Fellow at Demos focusing on issues of global economics and finance. A former investment banker and hedge fund partner, she is a frequent media commentator on economic issues. Lee is also an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University and a former visiting professor at Peking University, where she taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives. Follow her on Twitter @annleesays.
Matthew Bishop is the U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of The Economist. He is author of several books, most recently, “The Road from Ruin”, with Michael Green, about how to improve capitalism following the crash of 2008 and subsequent economic downturn.  He is also the author of several of The Economist’s special report supplements, including most recently The Great Mismatch, about the future of jobs. Follow him on Twitter @mattbish
With an Introduction by Rich Benjamin
Rich Benjamin is a Senior Fellow at Demos and author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, winner of a 2009 Editor's Choice Award from Booklist and the American Library Association. Rich delves into social and political issues regularly in the media, including on NPR, MSNBC, CSPAN, The New York Times, USA Today, and He is also contributing producer of short documentaries for TIME/ in partnership with CNN. Rich is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN American Center, and the National Book Critics Circle. 
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