America Needs Talent: What It Will Take For A Second American Century

Friday, October 2, 2015
8th Floor, Barrows Hall,Social Science Matrix (map)
Jamie P. Merisotis
President & CEO of Lumina Foundation

Join the conversation as Carol Christ, Director for the Center for Studies in Higher Education, talks with Jamie Merisotis on his new book, America Needs Talent. Merisotis explains that to usher in a new era of innovation and success, deliberate choices must be made by government, the private sector, education, and individuals to grow talent in America.  To achieve a great second American century, the U.S must focus on attracting, educating, and deploying talented workers and leaders. In an article published in the Huffington Post, Merisotis states “The U.S. thrived in the 20th century because we had a critical mass of people with the skills and knowledge to meet the economic demands of that era. Today, in contrast, we’re falling behind.” In America Needs Talent, Merisotis proposes bold ideas to successfully deploy the world’s most talented people-from rethinking higher education to transforming immigration laws, revitalizing urban hubs, and encouraging private sector innovation. 

*Copies of book will be available for purchase


Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. Merisotis is an expert on a wide range of issues. He is well versed in domestic and international issues, including talent development, higher education financing, minority-serving colleges and universities, learning outcomes, and the social and economic benefits of higher education. His work includes extensive global expertise, with experience in southern Africa, the former Soviet Union, Europe and other parts of the world.

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