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Economist Lawrence H. Summers to discuss the global economy, national economic policy and impact on local economy on March 26 at Macomb Community College

– Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:00AM

American economist Lawrence H. Summers will discuss the global economy, changes in national economic policy and the resulting impacts on the local economy to kick off the first program in the James Jacobs Civic Engagement Project, on Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Summers will be joined by David Wessel, a senior fellow in economic studies at Brookings Institute, for the presentation Economic Globalism vs. Nationalism and Its Effect on Macomb County.

Summers served as the 71st secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton and as the director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama administration.  He was president of Harvard University from 2001 - 2006 and chief economist of the World Bank 1991 - 1993. Currently, Summers is president emeritus and the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, where he directs the university’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.

As well as being a senior fellow at Brookings Institute, Wessel also serves as the director of Brookings’ Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. Prior to that, Wessel spent 30 years on staff at the Wall Street Journal, most recently serving as economics editor. He remains a contributing correspondent to the Wall Street Journal and appears frequently on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The James Jacobs Civic Engagement Project was created to bring nationally recognized experts to Macomb County to generate thoughtful dialogue on issues of importance to the area.  The project is supported by J.P. Morgan Chase, The Kresge Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Jacobs retired as president of Macomb Community College in June 2017.

Tickets for the presentation are complimentary but limited to four tickets per person. To reserve tickets call 586.286.2222. The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Macomb Community College’s Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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