30th Weekend


Friday, April 26, 2019
Day 1: Forging the Pacific Century

Location: Institute of the Americas Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium (parking and directions)


8:30 a.m.:  Welcome Remarks by Dean Peter Cowhey

8:45 a.m.:  Keynote Address

  • Jeff Immelt, Venture Partner, NEA and former chairman and CEO of GE

9:15 a.m.:  Policy Uncertainty and Business

  • Laura Alfaro, Professor, Harvard Business School and former Costa Rica Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy
  • Arindam Bhattacharya, Senior Partner and Director, BCG Henderson Institute, The Boston Consulting Group, India
  • Preston McAfee, Former Chief Economist, Microsoft
  • Scott Park, President & CEO, Doosan Bobcat
  • Moderator: Renee Bowen, Professor, GPS UC San Diego 

11:00 a.m.:  The Evolving Global Order in the Next 25 Years

12:30 p.m.:  Lunch 

1:30 p.m.:  The Fate of Democracy

  • James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • Francisco Guerrero, Secretary for Strengthening Democracy, Organization of American States
  • Enrico Letta, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po and former Prime Minister of Italy
  • Moderator: Stephan Haggard, Professor, GPS UC San Diego

3:30 p.m.:  Mobilizing Technology for Policy

7-9 p.m.: UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series and GPS Present Steven Pinker | Sold Out

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Day 2: Forging the Pacific Century

Location: Atkinson Hall (parking and directions)


Join us as GPS faculty provide TED-style talks on four key challenges to continued progress in the 21st Century.

10:00 a.m.:  The Challenge of Equality

11:00 a.m.:  The Challenge of Prosperity

12:00 p.m.:  Lunch and Digital Poster Session

12:45 p.m.:  Combatting Climate Change Panel

2:00 p.m.:  The Challenge of Sustainability

3:00 p.m.:  The Challenge of Conflict

4:00 p.m.:  Closing Reception

  • Digital Poster Sessions featuring GPS faculty, students and alumni
  • Lion dancers, cultural arts presentations including John Warren ’90, classic Latin guitar and Julieta Mendez ’04, vocals