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Meeting of the minds

Fall 2014

David DreierA new conversation begins at CMC: Activities launch this fall for the Dreier Roundtable, a new forum led by Trustee David Dreier ’75. The Dreier Roundtable will host the ongoing work of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands to develop a bipartisan voice in research and dialogue on issues involving international trade and the flow of goods, services, capital, information, ideas, and people throughout the Greater Pacific. Programming also will reflect the legacy of Dreier’s 32-year career in public life.

The Commission has gathered a world-class Advisory Board co-chaired by former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr. and former White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty. The Dreier Roundtable is pursuing partnerships with the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, the IMF, the World Bank, the American Enterprise Institute, RAND, the Peterson Institute, and Resources for the Future, and other organizations.

The Roundtable will provide interdisciplinary research and publication opportunities for CMC faculty, led by Co-Directors Eric Helland (William F. Podlich Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow) and Kenneth Miller (Associate Professor of Government), Associate Director Zach Courser, and Advisor Andrew Busch (Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow). Exciting research and fellowship opportunities will be made available for students. A conference on the topic of immigration is set for November.

Just how bad are things in Congress? Dreier wrote a guest op-ed this summer in the Los Angeles Times titled “A former congressman asks: Can we make Congress move?” Dreier, who was a member of Congress from 1981 to 2013, is also a Brookings Institution Fellow and will give a lunchtime talk at CMC’s Athenaeum on November 7.