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Presenters Wanted for "Techniques of Hope" Conference in New York City-March 26, 2010

On Friday, March 26, 2010, Cornell Law School's Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture will host an all-day global forum, "Techniques of Hope: How Professionals and Professionalism can Stabilize the Markets and Change the World," at The Levin Graduate Institute, 116 East 55th Street. The forum is funded by the Center for Global Partnership. We invite applications to present at the forum.

In the aftermath of financial crisis, a global search is on for new regulatory paradigms, both public and private. What kinds of everyday practices give markets legitimacy and encourage market participants, professionals, and regulators to be hopeful-proactive, risk-taking, and embracing of change?

Economists, legal scholars, anthropologists and management studies experts will discuss the latest findings about the role of professionals and professionalism in the market and its relevance to the regulatory reform of the future.

In addition to these expert presentations, two presenters will be chosen from this call. We are especially interested in real world accounts from young professionals in law, banking, insurance, finance and cognate fields about their own experience with the role of professionalism in contributing to the stability and vibrance of some aspect of the market.

The kinds of questions presenters might address would include:

1) What defines the ethic of responsibility unique to your discipline, profession or workplace?
2) When, if at all, do you find yourself compelled to act 'as if' a certain line of conduct will make a difference, even when you are aware that it may not?
3) What is one strategy you have developed in your work for responding to failure?
4) How does self-examination play into your professional skills?
5) How is success measured in your work? Who are you really responsible to?

Applicants should submit a resume or c.v., and a brief summary of the proposed presentation and its relationship to the conference theme outlined below to ar254@cornell.edu by January 15, 2010.

Our audience will include especially young and emerging professionals. Our audience will also include established professionals, law students, management students, and graduate students in the social sciences and humanities in the United States, Japan, and around the world who have a specific professional interest in new roles professionals and professionalism can play in market reform.

The forum is free of charge but registration is limited to 120 on site registrants. Web-participation will also be available. Registration begins January 4, 2010 and more information is available.