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Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Ludden

Port Cities of Globalization: Infrastructure, Immigration, and Environment

David LuddenPort cities are prime sites for the accumulation of wealth, population, and political influence in globalization – and Philadelphia is no exception. They include the largest cities in the world and are crucial for economic growth. Port cities are also most vulnerable to national politics that challenge their ability to integrate migrants who make them dynamic sites for cultural change and curtail their ability to build infrastructure to weather climate change. Meeting those challenges will critical for future of globalization. Join Dr. David Ludden, Professor of Political Economy and Globalization from New York University for a conversation about the impact of port cities on globalization, international economics, climate change, immigration, and other issues that cross borders.

David Ludden is Professor of Political Economy and Globalization and Chair in the Department of History at New York University. His current research centers on the history of globalization in Asia. He is former President of the Association for Asian Studies, founding director of the NY Center for Global Asia, and Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Press Online Research Encyclopedia of Asian History.