1. America's Competitive Edge and its Global Standing with Michael Mergen

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    The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs present "America's Competitive Edge and its Global Standing" with Natasha Egan, Howard Friedman, and Michael Mergen The United States boasts a legacy of critical advantages in today’s world order, from our preeminent universities and research institutions to Silicon Valley as a beacon of innovation. However, a recent comprehensive quantitative evaluation comparing industrialized nations seems to indicate that America’s weaknesses are increasingly overshadowing its strengths. What can the United States do to channel its competitive edge to regain prominence across social and economic spheres? How should the United States use these findings to improve its performance trajectory and boost its global standing? Join The Chicago Council with UN statistician and health economist Howard Friedman and photographer and artist Michael Mergen for a quantitative and visual examination of American life. Selections from Michael Mergen’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be on display during the program. September 5, 2012

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