“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Two months after Lehman Brothers’ 2008 collapse, Niall Ferguson published his international bestseller, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. Now, ten years later, financial history has only grown more relevant. Can we apply historical insights to avert or minimize another financial crisis?
Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and senior fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies, will join Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, to discuss the lessons of financial history. Co-directors of the Applied History Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Ferguson and Allison will look at the history of global economics to unpack where we are, how we got here, and where we may be headed next.
This event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tea and coffee will be provided.