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Competing in Beijing: China and the 2008 Olympics, the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies Inaugural Event

First Seminar for the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies

By 2010, China and Japan will rank as the world’s second and third largest economies. To meet this challenge and compete in a global marketplace, Suffolk University and Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg ’52 are pleased to announce the inauguration of a world-class Institute for East Asian Studies.

The Rosenberg Institute will serve as Suffolk’s lead platform for learning from and about East Asian history, economics, politics, and peoples. Each year, the Institute will promote exchanges among scholars, business leaders, analysts, faculty, and students through a series of two to three seminars addressing vital topics in the field.

We are proud to invite you to join us on Tuesday, April 8, for the first of these seminars, Competing in Beijing: China and the 2008 Olympics, for an intensive conversation about the risks, challenges, and opportunities presented to China and the world on the eve of this historic moment. 

11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The State Room
60 State Street, Boston

Event Schedule


11:30 a.m.
Registration and Poster Session


12:00 – 1:20 p.m.
Luncheon & Keynote
2008 Beijing Olympics: China’s Watershed and Beyond
Keynote Speaker: Robyn Meredith, Senior Editor, Asia, Forbes
Followed by Q & A.  
1:20 – 1:45 p.m Break.


1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Session I — Environment
Preparing for the Olympics: Will the Clean-up Last?
Moderator:  Michéle B. Corash, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Followed by Q & A, 2:45 – 3:00 p.m Break.


3:00 –  4:00 p.m.
Session II  Marketing/Consumerism 
Communicating in China: Lost in Translation?
Moderator: Anders Bengtsson, Assistant Professor of   Marketing, Sawyer Business School
Speaker: Sandy Posa, former Senior Vice President of New Products, The Gillette Company 
Followed by Q &A, 4:00 – 4:15 p.m Break.


4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Session III — Economy
China’s Economy is not a Zero-Sum
Speaker: George Koo, Director, Chinese Services Group, Deloitte & Touche
Followed by Q & A


5:15 p.m.
Closing reception with attendees and speakers