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Feb. 5, 2007

Registration Deadline Feb. 14 For Free Trade Seminar

Business, government and academic leaders are invited to register for the first University of Iowa Provost's Forum for International Affairs. The forum, which takes place Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, will focus on free trade and the global workplace. The Free Trade Seminar on Friday, Feb. 23 will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

There is no charge to attend the Free Trade Seminar, but pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Feb. 14. To view the complete schedule or to register, visit

Pietra Rivoli, Christopher Foster and Arvind Panagariya -- experts from academia and government -- will each 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.

"Free trade and the global workplace affect our local economy in ways we may not even be aware," said forum co-organizer Terry Boles, a UI associate professor of management and organizations and director of the Institute for International Business in the Tippie College of Business. "This conference will inform and prepare participants for issues affecting both the local and global workplace."

The first Provost Forum was awarded to Boles and Ann Knudson of the Institute for International Business and Cathy Cole, UI marketing professor, all in the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business with support from UI International Programs.

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. 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, IMF, WRO and UNCTAD 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; 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. Students should pre-register for the competition at prior to Feb. 9.

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

The Office of the Provost provides academic leadership to the university. Its fundamental mission is to champion innovation and excellence in teaching, research, creative production and service.

International Programs enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Ann Knudson, 319-335-1379,; Writer: Kelli Andresen