Retreat to welcomeHarvard professor

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    By JOANNA KASPE

    The Honors program will have its winter retreat today, in 321 MSRB, with two feature talks by former BYU honors graduate, Roger Porter, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Four other prominent BYU faculty will also lecture, followed by a panel discussion.

    “We are absolutely thrilled Roger Porter would take the time out of his busy schedule, between Boston and Washington, D.C., to come and speak to the students,” said Susan Easton Black, associate dean for the Department of Honors and General Education.

    The department invited him to speak because he has excelled in academia and is a great example of a disciple scholar. He received his first bachelor of arts degree from BYU with honors, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, received a second bachelor’s degree from Oxford, and his master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard, Black said.

    “He is an excellent role model for students because he is someone who has graduated from BYU and has gone out and made a big difference,” she said.

    Porter served more than 10 years in senior economic policy positions, covering the Ford, Reagan and Bush administrations.

    As director of the center for business and government at Harvard University, he is teaching and doing research on the relationship between business and government, strategic management, and domestic and international economic policy, Black said.

    Porter’s speeches, “Crossroads of Life,” and “From Rhodes Scholar to Harvard Professor,” are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Following his speech at 7 p.m., Ned Hill, Larry Bolick, Gary Booth and James Cannon will speak. At 9 p.m. there will be a panel discussion, followed by refreshments.

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