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Former National Leaders – Gusenbauer, Lagos, and Prodi – Headline Two Weeks of Events at Watson

March 29, 2011

Three former national leaders will be in residence together at the Institute in early April, as part of Watson's agenda for bringing leading policymakers and academics into collaboration to shape alternative futures for a better world. Emblematic of this approach is a public panel on Tuesday, April 12, at 5pm on “The Next Left in the Current Global Crisis,” featuring all three leaders: former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Chile's past President Ricardo Lagos, and former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer. The event is part of an ongoing Next Left series on the future of progressive policy.

Ricardo Lagos, Brown Professor at Large

Lagos will commence his visit with a panel on Tuesday, April 5, at 10am, on "The Public Sphere: Media, Education, and Civic Culture in Iberoamerica," with Juan Luis Cebrián (of Spain’s El País newspaper), Natalio Botana (an Argentinean historian), Nélida Piñon (a Brazilian writer), Jorge Rendo (of Argentina’s Clarín newspaper), and moderator Gustavo Cisneros (president of Cisneros Group, the Venezuelan media conglomerate). The panel is part of Brown's Transatlantic Project. Location: Watson Institute’s Joukowsky Forum.

Lagos, who is also United Nations special envoy on climate change, will then open a conference on Friday, April 8, from 9am-5pm on "Latin America and Climate Change: Regional Perspectives on a Global Problem." Location: Watson Institute's Joukowsky Forum.

Romano Prodi, Brown Professor at Large

Prodi, who is also a past president of the European Commission, will begin his visit by participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 6, at 10am on "The Social Fabric: Global Migration, Local Exclusions, and the New Iberoamerican Agenda," with Carlos Fuentes (Mexican writer, Brown professor-at-large), Manuel Elkin Patarroyo (Colombian scientist), Roberto Teixeira (Brazilian economist), Isaac Lee (journalist with Univisión), José Claudio Escribano (journalist with La Nación, Buenos Aires), and moderator Ignacio Polanco (president, PRISA Group, a media conglomerate based in Madrid). The panel is part of Brown's Transatlantic Project. Location: Watson Institute’s Joukowsky Forum.
Prodi will also give a talk on Wedesday, April 6, at 7pm titled "After the Revolutions across North Africa: Changes in Global Geopolitics." Location: Watson Institute's Joukowsky Forum.

Prodi will also participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Department of Italian Studies titled "150  Years of Italian Government: What Has Been Achieved?" It will take place in the Granoff Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 16, from 11am to 6pm.

Prodi and Alfred Gusenbauer, Watson Institute Visiting Professor

Prodi will be joined by Gusenbauer, who is also a leader in the Socialist International, for a discussion with several political economists moderated by Watson Faculty Fellow Mark Blyth. “Was It All for Nothing? The Survival of the Euro and the European Project” will take place on Thursday, April 14, at noon in Watson Institute's Joukowsky Forum.