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From Silk to Silicon with Professor and Dean Emeritus Jeffrey E. Garten and New York Times Columnist Thomas L. Friedman: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives

Thursday, Mar 3 2016 at 5:30 - 8:00 pm EST

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Transformational trends including globalization and the rise of new powers; climate change and humanitarian disaster; technological breakthrough; and economic booms and income inequality all appear both revolutionary and daunting. What impact can a single person hope to make in the face of such forces? The answer is: a lot.

In his new book, From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives, Jeffrey E. Garten chronicles ten individuals over the last one thousand years—since the era of Genghis Khan—from all walks of life and every corner of the globe whose feats forever changed the world and continue to shape debate today. How they achieved their goals and the outcomes they ushered in, for better and for worse, provide critical insights into harnessing change in modern times.

Please join Carnegie for a conversation between Jeffrey E. Garten and Thomas L. Friedman to celebrate the launch of Garten's book. Carnegie President William J. Burns will introduce.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow at 7:15 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


  • Jeffrey E. Garten

    Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Management

    He served as undersecretary of commerce for international trade in the Clinton administration and, before that, as a managing director of the Blackstone Group.

  • Thomas L. Friedman

    New York Times Columnist

    He is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and New York Times columnist. He has received the Pulitzer Price three times.

  • William J. Burns

    President of the Carnegie Endownment for International Peace

    He previously served as U.S. deputy secretary of state.