« Return to Events

Ford Policy Union: Pros and cons of free trade


Wednesday, January 16, 2013
5:30 PM
 - 
7:00 PM

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street
1120 Weill Hall
Ann ArborMI 48109
Free and open to the public.
Preceded by a reception in the Great Hall at the Ford School at 5:00 PM.


Join the conversation on Twitter: #FordPolicyUnion.

About the event
This Ford Policy Union event will feature a debate on the policy of free trade, which is the elimination of import tariffs and other artificial barriers to international trade. Professor Alan Deardorff, a noted international trade scholar, will argue that the U.S. should actively pursue free trade agreements with any country that is willing, and it should focus those agreements on reducing barriers to international trade rather than on other issues sought by domestic interests in the U.S. Ms. Thea Lee, an expert trade economist, will argue that the current U.S. trade policy and so-called free trade agreements reinforce corporate power structures and exacerbate inequality in the U.S. and abroad.

Speakers
Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
Alan Deardorff, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

More about the Ford Policy Union
The University of Michigan's International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy organizes and hosts the Ford Policy Union, a series of public debate events. The events feature one outside expert; a public policy practitioner, government official, academic and/or an international intellectual; and one U-M faculty member. The two participants present opposing views on a topic and answer questions from the audience.

Event Contact Info:
Zana Kwaiser
Email:
   
Phone:
 (734) 647-3429 
Website:
 Click to Visit 
Location:
  Map    Weather  
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street
1120 Weill Hall
Ann ArborMI 48109



Hosts:


Event Media:
Listen to the audio


Download the transcript. Download the transcript.

Show transcript here