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6th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference

Springfield, Missouri
April 13-16, 2010
The sixth annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference will convene April 13-16, 2010, with a preconference event featuring Paul Solman of The NewsHour on PBS April 7.  The theme of this year’s conference is “The New Economy: Peril and Promise.
During 2008-2009, the world witnessed a severe financial crisis which triggered a global economic meltdown not seen since the depression of the 1930s. The pace of economic contraction has slowed somewhat in recent weeks and a few fresh signs of economic stability may have emerged. But still many questions remain: Are we witnessing a fundamental restructuring of the American economy? What are the implications of the new economic realities for various sectors of the economy such as education, health care, manufacturing, energy and above all environment? What is the appropriate role of government in this new economy? What policies will lead to a sustained economic recovery?
In this backdrop, it is only natural that we spend time discussing and debating the nature of these changes and their impact at the local, regional, national and global levels. The 2010 Public Affairs Conference will provide attendees with a great opportunity to discuss and debate these pressing issues in a truly interdisciplinary format with leaders and experts in a variety of fields. Through our diverse program of plenary sessions, panel discussion and special events, we are constructing a conference that will allow us to reflect on the perils and promises of the new economic realities that are upon us.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the conference, please visit our website or email Mary Ann Wood. We invite your participation and input to help ensure the success of this year’s conference.
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