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CBT Ferguson Lecturer Richard Longworth Set for March 25

March 12, 2009

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MACOMB, IL -- The College of Business and Technology (CBT) at Western Illinois University will present its 2009 Ferguson Lecturer, Richard Longworth, author of "Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Longworth, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University, is also the author of "Global Squeeze," one of the first books on globalization, and the author of a MacArthur Foundation report, "Global Chicago," which led to the foundation of the Global Chicago Center. He has been an adjunct professor in international relations at Northwestern University, a regular lecturer at Columbia University and is a mentor at the Harris School at the University of Chicago.

Longworth's Ferguson Lecture will address how globalization is transforming the Midwest, how the international culture of business impacts this region of the U.S. and how Midwestern businesses can better compete in the global economy.

An Iowa native, Longworth graduated from Northwestern and won NU's Alumni Merit Award in 2000. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, won the Overseas Press Club award twice for a series on globalization and the UN and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (1980 and 2003). He also has won every major national award for economic reporting, plus the Lowell Thomas award for a story on a camel trek through the Sahara Desert. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; has been a speaker at the Davos conferences; and formerly mentored staff at "StreetWise," Chicago's newspaper for the homeless.

The Robert and Mary Ferguson Lecture Series was established in 1989 to honor Dr. Robert Ferguson and his wife, Mary. Dr. Ferguson was a business education instructor at WIU from 1947 until his retirement in 1986. He also served as business education chair for more than 20 years.

For more information, contact CBT at (309) 298-2442 or

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