Panel to discuss United States' trade, economic issues Jan. 31 at ISU

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University will host a panel discussion on "Trade and Economic Issues in the Second Bush Administration" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will examine United States issues such as Social Security and Medicare reform, policies on the outsourcing of jobs and industries, immigration and employment growth, tort law reform, domestic tax policies and issues surrounding the projected U.S. budget deficit. It will be moderated by Arne Hallam, professor and chair of the department of economics at Iowa State.

Other Iowa State faculty members participating in the discussion are Peter Orazem, University Professor of economics and Koch Visiting Professor of Business Economics at the University of Kansas, Lawrence; John Beghin, Martin Cole Endowed Chair and professor of economics and director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute; David Frankel, associate professor of economics, who has research interests in social problems and urban economics; and Balmurli Natrajan, assistant professor of anthropology, who teaches and researches different aspects of globalization.

Also participating in the panel discussion is John Donaghy, director of campus ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center, Ames. Donaghy also is a lecturer in the department of philosophy and religious studies and researches social justice issues and religious and philosophical ethics.

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The lecture is sponsored by the ISU Committee on Lectures (funded by the Government of the Student Body) and department of economics at Iowa State.