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They toasted, they roasted, and they debated public policy. Outgoing Harvard President Larry Summers was honored in true Kennedy School fashion on Monday. The school hosted a reception in Summers' honor, and held a lively panel discussion at which Summers debated three prominent faculty members on their areas of expertise.
Ed Glaeser, director of the Taubman Center, spoke about the connection between education and democracy; Dani Rodrik, professor of international political economy, talked about why the Washington Consensus failed; and Samantha Power, professor of practice of public policy, tackled U.S. foreign policy. Dean David Ellwood said it was "our way of beginning to recognize Larry's past connection to the Kennedy School." Summers, who plans to return to teaching after a year-long sabbatical, joked that it was "daunting" to return to scholarly life. "My colleagues didn't have enough confidence in me so they're tying to give me some practice," he said. "I'll try to rise to the occasion."