10/4/2004

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Contact: Ann Branden, Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889

Conference on free trade, agriculture will feature N.Y. Times columnist

LAWRENCE -- New York Times columnist David Brooks will highlight the annual Kansas Economic Conference Oct. 28 and 29 at the University of Kansas.

The two-day event is presented by KU's Policy Research Institute, School of Law and Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. It will focus on "Free Trade, Agriculture and Global Development" and the costs and benefits of trade for Kansas, the High Plains region and the nation.

On the first day, Thursday, Oct. 28, the 2004 Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium is set for Green Hall. It will feature presentations by trade specialists in academia, private practice and the public sector from the United States and abroad.

The symposium is free, but participants are asked to register with the School of Law by Oct. 22; call (785) 864-3333.

The symposium will be followed by a speech that evening in Hoch Auditoria, Budig Hall, by Brooks, op-ed columnist for the New York Times and a regular analyst on "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" on PBS. Besides political analysis, Brooks writes what he calls "comic sociology," including the books "On Paradise Drive" and "Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There."

Brooks spent nine years with the Wall Street Journal as op-ed editor; as Middle East, Russia, Europe and South Africa correspondent; and as editor of the book review. His talk, sponsored by the Dole Institute, is free and open to the public without registration.

The second day of the conference, Friday, Oct. 29, will focus on economic issues at the Dole Institute, especially the opportunities and challenges that a global economy creates for Kansas and the Great Plains.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Christopher A. Padilla, who leads public outreach efforts for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the agency principally responsible for formulating U.S. trade policy and conducting trade negotiations.

Presenters for the symposium and the conference include:
--Judy Ancel, director, Institute for Labor Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City
--Raj Bhala, Raymond F. Rice distinguished professor, KU School of Law
--David E. Frey, administrator with the Kansas Wheat Commission
--Christopher J.F. Gutierrez, president, Kansas City SmartPort Inc.
--Dana Hauck, cattle producer in Delphos and co-chairman of the Cross Border Working Group, National Cattlemen˙s Beef Association
--Jason Henderson, economist, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, Mo.
--Hilary K. Josephs, professor, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, N.Y.
--Jane Kelsey, University of Auckland School of Law, Auckland, New Zealand
--Kevin C. Kennedy, professor, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Mich.
--Bradley D. Lubben, extension agricultural economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
--Gerrit Meester, agricultural policy adviser, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The Hague, Netherlands
--Eduardo Nu–ez, partner with Zente–o Lira Mora Abogados SC, Mexico City
--John A. Ragosta, counsel, Dewey Ballantine LLP, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is an invited speaker.

Participation will be possible in Ulysses for western Kansas registrants through distance delivery, with full video and audio interaction. To get remote participation in central or southeastern Kansas, call toll-free (877) 404-5823 and ask for Kristin or Ann.

For full details or to register by Oct. 22 for the Oct. 29 conference, call toll-free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823 or visit http://www.kuce.org/programs/kepc.

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