June 07, 2005
If I Were In NYC on Wednesday ...
Posted by Gordon Smith

I would go to this event at The New School, Theresa Lang Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor:

Icarus in the Board Room: Saving American Business from Corporate Corruption
Wed., June 8, 6:00 p.m., $8

Panelists: Kurt Eichenwald, New York Times; Alex Gibney, filmmaker who recently wrote, directed, and produced Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; Donald Glascoff, Jr., Chair, External Advisory Committee, Oxford University Programme in Public Interest Law and Policy; Bethany McCLean, senior writer at Fortune who co-wrote The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron; and David Skeel, author of Icarus in the Board Room, professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania. Moderator: Martin Fisher, writer and filmmaker.

The disastrous failures of Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, and Tyco directly injured tens of thousands of working and retired people as well damaging the U.S. economy. Then, just as anxiety over mercurial, and fraudulent, manipulation of stock prices was fading, investors were faced with new scandals at Marsh & McLennan. David Skeel's recent book is a fascinating history of U.S. corporate giants who flew too high and fell out of the sky when their wings melted. The panel probes present practices, ethics, and temptations of hubris in U.S. corporate culture, highlighting potential dangers to American business. How urgent is it to repair our business management culture before the next Icaran debacle? Sponsored by the Rose and Erwin Wolfson Center for National Affairs.

David Skeel is a guest blogging alumnus, and I just started reading Eichenwald's book on Enron, which is great, so far. I am also looking forward to seeing The Smartest Guys in the Room.

UPDATE: It looks like you can get a free webcast of the event here.

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