In Harvard's Sanders Theater this afternoon, bottles of Poland Spring water, microphones and name cards await an all-star panel of "some of the nation's leading scholars and practitioners in finance, policy, law and other fields relevant to the current situation." It's virtually open to the public. Starts at 4 p.m. Details below.
"I invite you to join us Thursday, September 25, for a live webcast of a special panel discussion entitled 'Understanding the Crisis in the Markets: A Panel of Harvard Experts,'" Harvard President Drew G. Faust emailed "alumni and friends" this afternoon:
We are fortunate to have on campus some of the nation's leading scholars and practitioners in finance, policy, law and other fields relevant to the current situation, and several of them have generously agreed to participate in a special session for the Harvard community to help us understand and interpret recent developments in the U.S. and world markets.
The panel will begin at 4:00 p.m. EST and will include the following faculty members:
Robert Kaplan, Professor of Management Practice
Jay Light, Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of Business Administration and Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration
Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics
Robert Merton, John and Natty McArthur University Professor
Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy
Elizabeth Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law (To Be Confirmed)
I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to hear from some of Harvard's leading experts by visiting this link. The webcast will not be password-protected and will be recorded and made available for future viewing. Real Player is required.
Since we aren't a fly on the wall of that 4 o'clock White House meeting of the Leader of the Free World with "old Navy pilot John "OODA Loop" McCain, former community organizer Barack Obama and other members of Congress this afternoon, this will have to do for now.
This just in on Fox: "Stocks jump on word of possible bailout compromise." Sheperd Smith guessed they're "reacting to the belief that this deal is about to be done." Reporter Carl Cameron, on the trail with McCain says "Were it not for McCain's gambit yesterday, it wouldn't have reached the point it has." It looks like the Friday debate is on!
Update via Drudge (Associated Press 02:58 p.m.): "Lawmakers: Financial bailout agreement reached.
Update II: In the flesh, the webcast is technically useless. It keeps signing off. Maybe we can catch it later on C-Span? But all is not lost, by any means. On Fox we are being treated to the Divine Ms. W, Rep Maxine Waters (D CA), shouting at Neil Cavuto.