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LSE North America Forum in Washington DC a huge success

The School returned to the US for the second LSE North America Forum in Washington DC at the National Press Club on Friday 28 October 2016. It was attended by over 250 alumni and close friends of the School. 

Opened by Tom Kern (MSc Public Policy and Administration 1979), Vice Chair, LSE Alumni Association and President, AFLSE, and led by Professor Julia Black, Interim Director and Pro-Director for Research, the event featured an evening of lively sessions full of engaging discussions, with guests enjoying the opportunity to explore current research and share in intellectual debates. 

Ahead of this week's stunning victory for Donald Trump in the race for the White House, the first session focused on ‘America Abroad: The 2016 US Election’s International Impact’, with perceptive analysis on the challenges facing the next President and America, including the possible shift in global focus, immigration reform, and key priorities for the economy , from LSE’s Professor Peter Trubowitz, Head of the Department of International Relations and Director of the US Centre, and Dr Stephanie Rickard, Assistant Professor, Government.

Dr Linda Yueh, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE and Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University outlined her views on President Obama’s enduring legacy and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist gave a unique perspective on the effect the election might have on America’s role in the world.

The keynote address,  ‘A View from the Council of Economic Advisors’, was delivered by distinguished LSE alumnus Jason Furman (MSCEC Economics 1993), Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers. This session highlighted the US and global economic outlook, and included the opportunities and challenges in the years ahead, including productivity growth, inequality, the labour force participation rate and the sustainability of US economic growth.

The North America Forum culminated in the conferment of an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, who on accepting the award, spoke warmly of his time at the School as a student of the General Course in the 1950s and the importance of meaning and the reality of the rule of law. 

Throughout the event alumni posed challenging and perceptive questions for the speakers in each of the sessions.

The warm reception extended to LSE academics highlighted the strong affinity, and unique connection alumni and friends across North America have for the School. This was further demonstrated by the range of attendees: alumni spanning seven decades, from the 1955 to 2016 cohorts, were in attendance. 

For more information on the event, including the full programme - please click on the links below.

LSE North America Forum in Washington DC - Programme

LSE North America Forum in Washington DC - Photos