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From Silk to Silicon with Professor and Dean Emeritus Jeffrey E. Garten: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives

Tuesday, Mar 8 2016 at 5:30 - 7:00 pm EST

1 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
United States

All Yale SOM alumni are invited to join the World Boston Chat & Chowder Series featuring Jeffrey E. Garten where he will be discussing his latest book, From Silk to Silicon.

From Silk to Silicon tells the story of globalization as it hasn't been told before, through the lives of ten people who did something so transformational that the impact of their achievements affected not only the times they lived in but the world we inhabit today. A number of themes emerge from this book which uses history and biography to provoke thinking about the present and the future. Jeffrey E. Garten teaches courses on the global economy at the Yale School of Management, where he was formerly the dean.


  • Jeffrey E. Garten

    Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Management

    Jeffrey. E. Garten is dean emeritus at the Yale School of Management, where he teaches courses on the global economy and crisis management. He was dean of the school from 1995 – 2005 and has been teaching at the school since he stepped down. Prior to serving as dean, he was undersecretary of commerce for international trade, 1993-1995, where he focused on trade and investment policy towards big emerging markets—particularly China, India, and Brazil. Before government service he spent 13 years on Wall Street. As a managing director of Lehman Brothers, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America, built up Lehman’s investment banking business in Asia, and restructured some of the world’s largest shipping companies in Hong Kong. Later he worked on mergers and acquisitions for the Blackstone Group. From 1997-2005 he wrote a monthly column for BusinessWeek on major challenges facing global business leaders. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Harvard Business Review. He is the author of A Cold Peace: America, Japan, Germany, and the Struggle for Supremacy; The Big Ten: Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives; The Mind of the CEO; The Politics of Fortune: A New Agenda for Business Leaders; and From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives (forthcoming March 2016.) A graduate of Dartmouth College (BA, 1968) and Johns Hopkins University (PhD, 1980), from 1968-1972 he served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne, aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the Special Forces, and advisor to the Royal Thai Army.