International bestselling author and a leading expert on global change Joshua Cooper Ramo will present a lecture entitled, "The Age of the Unthinkable: A New Model for Thinking About and Thriving in an Unstable World" at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22 on the Pitt-Johnstown campus. The event is part of the Frank J. and Sylvia T. Pasquerilla Lecture Series.
Mr. Ramo is Managing Director at Kissinger Associates, an international strategic advisory firm where he holds the distinction of being the youngest Managing Director in the history of the firm. Prior to entering the advisory business, Mr. Ramo earned national recognition as a journalist, being the youngest Senior Editor and Foreign Editor in the history of TIME Magazine. Among his nearly two-dozen TIME cover stories were the 1997 Man of the Year profile of Andy Grove and an award-winning profile of Kofi Annan.
Mr. Ramo divides his time between Beijing and New York City, and served as China Analyst for NBC during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The World Economic Forum has called him “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars.” His papers on China's development, including "The Beijing Consensus" and "Brand China," have been widely distributed in China and abroad.
His most recent book, The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It, was published in April 2009 in seven languages. Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post American World, has described the book as "a great read, a wondrous and unexpected journey through a world that keeps getting more complicated. Joshua Cooper Ramo has a beautiful mind and a beautiful pen, and both are evident in this stimulating book."
Mr. Ramo has been featured in Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and has been a guest on NPR's "All Things Considered," PBS's "Charlie Rose," CNBC's "The Wall Street Journal Report," and NBC's "Today Show." His most recent book, The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It, was published in April 2009 in seven languages.
A book signing will be held immediately following the lecture, and books will be available for purchase. The event, which is being held in the Whalley Memorial Chapel, is free and open to the public.
Additional information is available on-line at www.upj.pitt.edu/Ramo, or by calling the Office of External Relations at 814-269-2080.
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