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Program Highlights for 2009-2010

A Message From The Director

Annelise Riles

Prof. Annelise Riles, Clarke Program Director

The recent financial crisis has created tough challenges for the present, but it has also provided us with an exciting opportunity to rethink our global future. The question of financial regulation in particular has become a central issue in U.S.-East Asian relations and has triggered rich and vibrant international debates. True to its original mission of bringing to light new questions and new answers on subject of pressing contemporary concern, the Clarke Program has made significant interventions in those debates in 2009–10. For the last two years, the Clarke Program has not only sought to contribute to the ongoing conversation, but also to change the nature of this conversation by encouraging humanistic interventions in a dialogue traditionally circumscribed to regulators and market participants. Scholars, practitioners, regulators involved in serious and sustained conversations conducted under the auspices of the Clarke Program have made a unique contribution to what has become one of the key conversations of our time: they have helped us to start reimagining how to bring stability and equity to global markets and they have prompted us to revise our understanding of regulation. This unique contribution demonstrates once again the promise of cutting-edge work at the intersection of law and culture.

This report will provide an overview of the work of the scholars and experts representing many fields who participated in lectures, colloquia, conferences, and workshops this year. You will read about recent fellowships, collaborative research projects, and short and long-term academic exchanges that occurred in the academic year 2009–10. Finally, this report will also offer a preview of a few upcoming events, developments and directions for the program for 2010–11.

We remain grateful for the generous gift of Jack G. Clarke that has supported this program since 2002. Other sources of funding include Cornell University's Jeffrey Sean Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China, the Cornell Law School's Clarke Business Law Institute, the Cornell University Institute for the Social Sciences, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, and Anthony and Lulu Wang.