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October 2001

Release Date: October 30, 2001

PBS NewsHour Correspondent to Keynote International Business Symposium

The Peabody and Emmy Award-winning business and economics correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Leher on PBS will be the keynote speaker for Angelo State University's Fourth Annual International Business Symposium Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Paul Solman will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. that Tuesday in Room 100 of the Math-Computer Science Building on the ASU campus. A reception will follow his speech.

The 2001 symposium will focus on global trade and investment in a changing world. An afternoon workshop, "Going Global Tools of the Trade," is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in Room 111 of the Rassman Building. Speakers will be James Mied of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Assistance Office in Dallas, and Cliff Parades of the International Trade Center in San Antonio. Mied will speak on " Building Global Partners" and Paredes will discuss "Global Trade on the Internet."

The symposium and the afternoon workshop are open free to the public, but space is limited for the Global Trade Workshop so reservations are requested. To register for the workshop or for information, contact the Small Business Development Center at ASU, 942-2098. Solman will also speak at the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. Reservations can be made by calling 655-4136.

The International Business Symposium is funded by a grant from the Aetna Financial Group, and the U.S. Department of Education, Title VIB, Business and International Education Programs. The symposium is hosted by ASU, ASU's College of Business and Professional Studies and the Small Business Development Center.

Solman has been business, economics and occasional art correspondent for The NewsHour since 1985. The founding editor of The Real Paper in 1972 and East Coast editor of Mother Jones magazine in 1977, Solman began his career in business journalism as a Nieman fellow at the Harvard Business School in 1976.

He has been the business reporter at WGBH Boston since 1977 and was the co-originator and executive editor of PBS's business documentary series, Enterprise. His reporting has won a Peabody Award and several Emmys, most recently in 1999 for his reporting on Microsoft. His recent reporting has taken him to Cuba and resulted in his July PBS report "Blaming the Blockade" that explored Cuba's market reform and the effect of the U.S. trade embargo.

Solman has also served on the Harvard Business School faculty, teaching media, finance and business history. He is co-author of Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield in 1983. He is married with two children and lives in Brookline, Mass.

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