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International trade expert Clyde Prestowitz

to deliver public lecture April 19

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - Manchester College is bringing international trade expert and author Clyde Prestowitz to campus for a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19 in Cordier Auditorium.

"Nothing could be more timely," said Manchester President Parker G. Marden. Mr. Prestowitz's visit will reflect on one of the nation's most important political issues, from a conservative perspective. In a world where none of us can ignore the touch of globalization, his message is significant." 

Business and industry leaders in northeast Indiana - especially those involved in international trade - will want to hear Prestowitz's message, Marden noted. Reservations are not necessary for the lecture.

Prestowitz' latest book, Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions declares that Americans must heed the global ramifications of its actions. It discusses the disconnect between how America views itself within the international order and how the rest of the world views America.

Last year at this time, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reported that America's image is taking a nose dive. Clyde Prestowitz has been issuing that alert for years. He says the international public disappointedly views our nation as one of arrogant, self-absorbed unilateralism.

Prestowitz is founder and president of the Economic Strategy Institute, a Washington think tank on international trade policy and the effects of globalization. He writes regularly for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Foreign Affairs and is author also of a best-seller on U.S.-Japan relations, Trading Places.

"A man of impeccable conservative credentials, Clyde Prestowitz directly challenges a new orthodoxy on the right - that the U.S. should aggressively pursue its own interests regardless of what others may think," praises David Gergen, former White House advisor to presidents Ford, Nixon, Reagan and Clinton. "No one writes with more authority and love of country."

As counselor to the Secretary of Commerce for the Reagan Administration, Prestowitz led U.S. trade and investment negotiations with Japan, China, Latin America and Europe. He also was a senior executive with American Can Co. and Scott Paper Co. and was vice chair of the President's Committee on Trade and Investment in the Pacific.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, a master's from the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii and an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. He is fluent in Japanese, Dutch, German and French.

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