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UWFox Welcomes Richard Longworth

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 The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley welcomes Richard C. Longworth to the campus as a distinguished guest lecturer on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in room #1229.  Longworth, author of "Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism," is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University. 

Longworth will talk about the way globalization is transforming the Midwest, the challenges it is presenting to everyone from old factory towns to universities, and the difficulty communities are experiencing in meeting these challenges.  This includes his encouragement for cooperation across state lines, including cooperation between colleges and universities, to leverage then Midwest’s many strengths and create an economically vibrant region able to compete in this new global economy.

Longworth joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2003 as executive director of its Global Chicago Center after a career in journalism, most recently as senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. For 20 years, Longworth was a foreign correspondent for the Tribune and United Press International and was the Tribune's Chief European Correspondent. He has reported from 75 countries on five continents. Longworth, an Iowa native, graduated from Northwestern and won NU's Alumni Merit Award in 2000. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, won the Overseas Press Club award twice, for series on globalization and the UN, and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1980 and 2003. He has won every major national award for economic reporting.

This special presentation is sponsored by the Minahan Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Robert W. Baird & Co., in association with The New North.

Longworth’s presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeff Kuepper, senior student activities coordinator, at 832-2671 or email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu.

Chapter 11 of his book "Caught in the Middle" is available for download here. The chapter is titled "Flunking Out" Flunking Out.pdf

Posted 10/10/2008