Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “America Doesn’t Need a Strong Dollar Policy” at Kaufman Center, March 13th

New York, NY— February 20, 2013 — On March 13, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) will continue its Spring 2013 season with the debate “America Doesn’t Need a Strong Dollar Policy.”  It’s often taken for granted that America needs a strong dollar.  When the value of the U.S. dollar is strong relative to other currencies, it becomes attractive to investors and allows Americans to buy foreign goods and services cheaply.  But in times of recession, are we better off with a weak dollar that stimulates U.S. manufacturing by making our goods cheaper and more competitive?  Or will the loss of purchasing power and currency manipulation abroad, offset the potential gains?

Frederic Mishkin, Professor of Banking and Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School with John Taylor, Chairman and Founder of FX Concepts, a multi-faceted investment management company will argue in support of the motion.  Steven Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media with James Grant, editor and Founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly journal of the financial markets, will argue against the motion.

This debate is presented in partnership with the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, a joint venture of Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School. The Richman Center fosters dialogue and debate on emerging policy questions where business and markets intersect with the law.

Intelligence Squared U.S.'s spring season debates are streamed live on Debates also air on more than 220 NPR stations nationwide and are televised nationally on PBS and in the New York area on WNET/Thirteen, WLIW, and NJTV.

WHAT: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “America Doesn’t Need a Strong Dollar Policy”

WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 / Reception 5:45-6:30 / Debate 6:45-8:30 PM

WHERE: Kaufman Center/129 W. 67th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam)/New York, NY 10023

TICKETS: $40 ($12 for students w/ID). To purchase, visit

The debate will take place in front of a live audience at Kaufman Center in New York City. Before the debate, audience members will vote on the motion; afterward, the audience votes again. The team that moves the most voters to its side will be the winning team in this provocative debate.


Named One of "Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think" by Forbes, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in New York City in 2006 by Robert Rosenkranz, and has grown into an internationally syndicated series heard and watched by millions. The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers including Paul Krugman, Karl Rove, Malcolm Gladwell, Alan Dershowitz, Peter Thiel and Arianna Huffington.  Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented 70 debates on a wide range of provocative topics including global warming, the financial crisis, the marketing of organic foods, and the death of mainstream media.  ABC News correspondent John Donvan is the moderator, and the executive producer is Dana Wolfe.

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