The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies are Remaking the American Dream

Corporate Citizenship Symposium 2010

Date and time

October 25, 2010, 7 to 9 p.m.

About this event

In The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies are Remaking the American Dream, Micheline Maynard questions the commonly held belief that foreign investment in and ownership of businesses within the United States eliminates domestic jobs and undermines the American economy. She argues that foreign businesses contribute to their communities by invigorating local economies and diversifying American culture and business practices.


  • Dr. Ahmad Ezzeddine, WSU associate vice president for Educational Outreach and International Programs
  • Nancy Cappola, director, Soft Landings, TechTown


Wayne State University Law School
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202


Keynote: Michelle Maynard

Senior editor of Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt*

Micheline Maynard is the editor of the Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center, a joint project between the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio.

Over the next three years, the center will produce a series of multi-media reports called Changing Gears*, which will look at ways to revive states and communities in the Rust Belt. Michigan Radio, Chicago Public Radio and IdeaStream, a public media center in Cleveland, are hosting the project, whose first work will air in fall 2010.

Micki was with the New York Times for ten years, most recently serving as a senior business correspondent, based in Detroit. She covered the automobile and airline industries and contributed to the Dining, Travel and Sports sections.

In 2010, the Society of American Business Writers and Editors honored her for her coverage, in print and online, of the General Motors bankruptcy. In 2009, she was named the 11th winner of the annual Nathaniel Nash Award, which honors a Times reporter who excels in business and economics coverage. She also won the Publisher's Award six times.

She has written for Fortune Magazine and has been a staff writer or bureau chief at USA TODAY, Newsday, U.S. News & World Report, and the Reuters News Service. She began her career as a legislative correspondent for United Press International in Lansing, Mich., and served as an intern in the White House Press Office.

She was named a distinguished visitor at Washington and Lee University in 2010, a media fellow by the Japan Society of New York in 2002, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan from 1999 to 2000. In 1989-1990, she was chosen as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree from Columbia University.

Micki is an adjunct faculty member at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and has taught at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is the author of four books including her newest, The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream, which was published by Random House in October 2009.

She also wrote the acclaimed book The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market, which foresaw the collapse of Detroit carmakers.

Changing Gears is a new public media project exploring the reinvention of the Industrial Midwest. Its partner stations are WBEZ in Chicago, Michigan Radio and IdeaStream in Cleveland. Over the next few years, Changing Gears will examine issues such as jobs, community redevelopment, the environment and culture, and hold public events. Visit for more information.


  • 7 p.m: Welcome and opening remarks
    • Marc W. Kruman, director, Center for the Study of Citizenship
    • Allan D. Gilmour, president, Wayne State University
  • 7:10 p.m: Keynote address
    Micheline Maynard, Senior Editor, Changing Gears: Remaking The Manufacturing Belt
  • 7:45 p.m: Panel discussion and audience Q&A
    • Moderator: Linda McKissack Beale, professor, Wayne State University Law School


  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Changing Gears: Remaking the American Manufacturing Belt
  • Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement and Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society
  • International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Wayne State University
    • School of Business Administration
    • Office of International Programs
    • Department of Psychology
    • Irvin D. Reid Honors College