Y2K Conference 7/26-30 DC

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The George Washington University Y2K Group is planning a four and a half day conference July 26 to 30, focusing on


In conjunction with the Conference, The Washington Post Company will host a forum on "Y2K ~ Nuclear Power Plant Safety and the Electric Power Grid" on the evening of Wednesday, July 28.

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System will be a feature speaker at the Conference from 8:30 to 9:30 AM on Thursday, July 29.

The Conference is free and all are welcome. A registration form is attached below.

Media are particularly welcome to cover the conference. Questions are welcome from the floor during the Q & A periods.

All plenary sessions of the conference except for the evening panel program of July 28 will be held in

Funger Hall (Room 103 ~ Auditorium) The George Washington University Campus 2201 G Street NW (22nd and G Sts. NW) Washington, DC

Partial List of Confirmed Speakers, Panel Participants, Commenters, and Breakout Session Presenters:

~ Harlan Cleveland, President, World Academy of Art and Science and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO

~ Roger W. Ferguson,Jr., Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

~ Jerrold M. Post, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology and International Affairs, GW University

~ The Honorable Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Inspector General, U.S. State Department

~ Bruce W. McConnell, Director, International Y2K Cooperation Center

~ John V. McIsaac, President & CEO, Market Partners, Inc, Philadelphia

~ Canon Carter Echols, The Washington National Cathedral

~ Margaret Anderson, Director of Policy, Center for Y2K & Society

~ Joyce Amenta, Y2K Program Director, World Bank/infoDev

~ James Adams, Chief Executive Officer, INFRASTRUCTURE DEFENSE, Inc.

~ Russ Kelly, Year 2000 Consultant, Columnist, and Author (http://www.russkelly.com)

~ Gail Evra, Producer-in-charge of Y2K coverage, CNN Moneyline News Hour

~ David Franke, WorldNetDaily

~ Lois R. Saboe, MSW, Senior Community Organizer, Center for Y2K & Society

~ Kendra Martin, American Petroleum Institute

~ Erik Olson, Natural Resource Defense Council

~ Mary Olson, Nuclear Information Resource Service;

~ Pat Heckel, Information Systems Planning Manager, Georgetown University

~ Gayle C. Willman, MIT Year 2000 Team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

~ Sally Strackbein, Vice President, The Northern Virginia Year 2000 Community Action Group (NOVA Y2K)

~ Ray Strackbein, The Northern Virginia Year 2000 Community Action Group (NOVA Y2K)

~ Jay Golter, Acting President, The Northern Virginia Year 2000 Community Action Group (NOVA Y2K)

~ Charles Riemenschneider, Director, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Liason and External Affairs Office, Washington D.C.

~ Anne Reed, Chief Information Officer, US Department of Agriculture and head of Food Supply Working Group of the President's Council on Year 2000

~ Antonio Hernandez, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization

~ Gary Fisher, National Institute of Standards and Technology

~ Michael Cherry, Chief Executive Officer, Century Corporation


. The Scope of the Threats and Challenges of the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis

. Y2K ~ Health and Quality of Life Issues

. Y2K ~ Environmental and Public Health and Safety Issues

. Understanding the Threats Posed by the Malfunctioning of Embedded Systems

. Community and Emergency Preparedness Efforts

. Y2K and Global Impacts

. Social and Psychological Aspects of Y2K

. Y2K and the Media

. The Roles of International Organizations and Other Agencies in Addressing the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis and the Roles They Might Play

. Political and Policy Analysis of U.S. and Global Efforts in Addressing the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis

. Sector Analysis Presentations on Maritime/Ports/Tankers, Energy, Health Industry, Water, and Food Supply and Distribution

. Y2K & Nuclear Power Plant Safety (July 28, 6-9 PM panel at the Washington Post)


. Embedded Systems

. University Y2K Concerns

. Individual and Family Preparedness

. Contingency Planning

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Please fill out the following form or provide the following information if you wish to attend the Conference. No confirmations will be sent out. Please note that you will only be notified if the number of registrants exceeds the limit or if there is any significant change in scheduling.

Please e-mail form to or fax the form to Wafa Abou-Zaki at (202) 994 5225 by Friday, July 23.

Late registration will also be accepted space permitting.


Affiliation (Optional)

E-mail address

Fax number (if you do not have an e-mail address)

Mailing address (Please include in the event there are materials that need to be mailed after the conference):

If you will NOT be attending all four and a half days of the conference, please delete the days that you are not expecting to attend:

MON 7/26 TUES 7/27 WED 7/28* THURS 7/29 FRI 7/30

*Please indicate separately if you would like to register for the evening panel program on Wednesday, July 28 on "Y2K, Nuclear Power Plant Safety, and the Electric Power Grid" at the Washington Post.

Yes, I would like to attend the Wednesday evening panel: _________

No, I do not plan on attending the Wednesday evening panel: ________



The Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning (RPSOL) of the George Washington University has organized this conference along with other Y2K activities.

If you would like to become a RPSOL Y2K Sponsor and help underwrite the costs of RPSOL activities and publication efforts, please indicate here:

I would like to be a sponsor of RPSOL Y2K activities._______

Sponsorship by individuals ($10 or more), organizations and small - medium size businesses ($100 or more), institutions and corporations ($1000 or more) is welcome. Checks should be made out to "RPSOL(Y2K) ~ GW University" and mailed to

ATTN: Wafa Abou-Zaki, RPSOL, GW University, 2033 K Street NW, Suite 230, Washington, D.C. 20052.

The George Washington University is a 501 C 3 tax exempt institution.

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The agenda and registration form for the free four and a half day conference are also available at www.gwu.edu/~y2k/keypeople/gordon.

The detailed agenda will be sent out to all on the RPSOL Mailing list by July 23 or 24. Meanwhile see the agenda at the URL noted above.


Attendees may wish to visit the following to websites prior to attending the Conference:

For a copy of a February 25, 1999 White Paper on Y2K by Paula Gordon: "A Call to Action: National and Global Implications of the Year 2000 and Embedded Systems Crisis, see http://www.gwu.edu/~y2k/keypeople/gordon.

For a variety of previous programs and briefings organized by RPSON, see a Y2K RealAudio/Video webpage at http://www.y2kapproaches.com/real/pgordon.htm.

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Other recommended background material:

The Technical Activities Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) sent an open letter dated June 9, 1999 to selected members of the U.S. Congress. While the letter addresses Year 2000 liability legislation issues, it provides an extraordinary overview of the complexities of Y2K and embedded systems and the nature of the crisis facing the world. For a full copy of the letter, see http://www.ieeeusa.org/FORUM/POLICY/99june09.html.

For the April Report of the Department of Commerce on the Year 2000 and Global Trade, see, http://y2k.ita.doc.gov/y2k/y2k.nsf. This report is a must read by anyone interested in understanding the global impacts of the Year 2000 technology crisis.

The writings of Edward Yourdon, Jennifer Yourdon, Dennis Grabow, and Edward Yardeni are also recommended. See the Selected List of Y2K References and Resources at http://www.gwu.edu/~y2k/keypeople/gordon.



July 28, 1999

Reception: 6:00 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Y2K ~ Nuclear Power Plant Safety and the Electric Power Grid"

Sponsored by the GW Y2K Group

Hosted by The Washington Post Company

WHERE: The Washington Post Company, The Community Room, 9th Floor 1150 15th Street, NW (15th and L Streets, NW), Washington, D.C.

Panelists will include: z Mary Olson, Nuclear Information Resource Service z Paul Gunter, Nuclear Information Resource Service z David Lochbaum, Nuclear Safety Engineer, Union of Concerned Scientists z Jose Calvo, Branch Chief, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Electrical & Instrumentation & Controls Branch z Jim Davis, Director of Operations, Nuclear Energy Institute


. Dennis Grabow, President, Millennium Investments Corp. (invited)

z Paula Gordon, director of Special Projects, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, George Washington University

All events are free and open to the public and the media.

RSVP for evening Washington Post forum to waz@gwu.edu.

This evening panel program is being held in conjunction with the four and a half day conference on Y2K at George Washington University. The full agenda of the conference and registration form for the free four and a half day conference are available at www.gwu.edu/~y2k/keypeople/gordon.


Please feel free to post these announcements or forward them to friends and associates.


-- Sally Strackbein (sally@y2kkitche.com), July 20, 1999


Thanks for the alert, Sally!


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), July 20, 1999.

you know...I think we should send each of these people a copy of Pooles open letter to Ed Yourdon...maybe wake them up and make them see they've all just gone crazy with millennial madness...



-- Michael Taylor (being sarc@stic.com), July 20, 1999.

Doomers@suck.com, I hope that you will be in attendance, and give these hypsters an ear full.

Also, you might want to make an appointment with some of the worlds leaders, and let them know in no uncertain terms, that the contingency plans that some of their organizations are making, are a total waste of time and money, and why they are certifiably nuts for even contemplating taking safe measures. You might want to start with Tony Blair, in Great Britain, as their plans for their military is in the news today.

What's the matter, punk, is it easier to take pot shots at people that you don't know, and don't have to confront, because you can be totatally anonymous.

You're the kind of skunk, that if this blows up into a life threatening situation, you'll piss and moan, and tell others that you did your best to warn people. You're the kind of little piss ant, that if you were in combat, no one would want you watching their back.

Sorry for the rant, folks, I don't normally let these lepers bother me, as I feel that this guy, and others of his ilk, persuade NO ONE, as they are transparent as can be. The only people that he can possibly get to seriously consider him, are other juveniles.

-- Mike (Boxman@can't.standpissants), July 20, 1999.

Michael -

Was just thinking the same thing.

The writings of Edward Yourdon, Jennifer Yourdon, Dennis Grabow, and Edward Yardeni are also recommended. See the Selected List of Y2K References and Resources at http://www.gwu.edu/~y2k/keypeople/gordon.

Don't these people understand? Ed Yourdon is dangerous, do you hear, dangerous!! According to Mr. Poole, Ed's responsible for numerous people making all sorts of foolish decisions. These folks at GWU have fallen under his Svengali spell, as well. Egad!


-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 20, 1999.

Some papers, reviews, and other material relating to the conference is now available at http://www.gwu.edu/~y2k/keypeople/gordon/1999conference.

Videotapes of the conference will be available for viewing soon at http://www.y2kapproaches.com/real/pgordon.htm.

Parts 1 - 4 of my White Paper on Y2K is posted at http://www.gwu.edu/~y2k/keypeople/gordon. Part 4 was added August 18. It addresses the question: Why isn't the President taking action on Y2K? Congressman Kucinich also addressed this question at the conference. A transcript of his remarks are in the Appendix at the end of Part 4.

Part 5 addresses three scenarios that could unfold between now and the rollover. It should be posted very soon.

-- Paula Gordon (pgordon@erols.com), August 29, 1999.

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