Friday, September 7, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University Schools
of Business assembles a panel of thought leaders to answer a polarizing question − “The National Debt
Crisis: What Should We Do?”
The event is being held Friday, Sept. 7 at 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Carswell Hall (Annenburg Forum) on
the Wake Forest campus in Winston-Salem. It is free and open to the public and parking is available.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni will have priority seating.
The U.S. economy, along with most developed nations across the globe, is struggling with unprecedented
levels of debt. Are these debt levels manageable? Are tax increases and spending cuts inevitable? Can
we grow our way out of the debt crisis? Will we find the political will to solve this problem or must we, much
like an addict, hit rock bottom before we truly begin recovery?
Panelists tackle these issues in a frank discussion about the challenges we face in finding and
implementing realistic solutions to this compelling issue.
Sherry Jarrell, Ph.D., Professor of Practice of Finance & Economics at Wake Forest University Schools of
Business will serve as the moderator of a panel that will feature:
Michael Peterson, President & Chief Operating Officer, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Phil Smith, National Political Director and Southeast Regional Director of The Concord Coalition
Joe Minarik, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Director of Research at the Committee for Economic
Students will also join in the discussion of the nation’s fiscal challenges through an essay contest sponsored
by the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism.
For more information about “The National Debt Crisis: What Should We Do?” and biographies of the
panelists, go online to (capitalism.wfu.edu/events/national-debt-crisis).
The Concord Coalition believes that only with an engaged, informed and demanding public can the nation's fiscal challenges be met. The Concord Coalition's mission is to cut through the usual partisan rhetoric and stimulate a more realistic public dialogue on what we want our nation's future to look like, along with the required trade-offs. We believe that elected leaders in Washington know there is a problem, but they are unlikely to act unless forced to by their constituents.