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Konvitz lecturer to speak on ‘paradox of corporate globalization’

John Ruggie, the American political scientist who coined the term “embedded liberalism,” will give this year’s Milton Konvitz Memorial Lecture Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in 105 Ives Hall.

John Ruggie

Ruggie’s lecture, “The Paradox of Corporate Globalization: Dis-Embedding and Re-Embedding Social Norms,” will address the “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” issued by the U.S. Business Roundtable in August.

In the statement, the CEOs of 200 of the nation’s largest corporations pledged to lead their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders – a change from the recent norm, they said, in which shareholders mattered above all others.

Drawing on his related academic and policy work, Ruggie, professor in human rights and international affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss what should be made of this new development and how it fits into the broader context of corporate globalization.

The Konvitz Lecture is named for the late Professor Milton Konvitz, a founding ILR faculty member who taught at Cornell for nearly three decades and inspired thousands of students, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54, with his popular course “American Ideals.”

The lecture is supported by Irwin Jacobs ’56 and Joan Jacobs ’54, and is co-sponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International StudiesClick here for a livestream of the lecture.

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