Milken Institute Sponsors Conference

From a Times Staff Writer

The Milken Institute in Santa Monica will hold its 2003 Global Conference, featuring discussions on the effect of war with Iraq and U.S.-Europe relations, America’s role in the world and security issues, beginning today.

The sixth annual event, with the theme this year of “Creating Value, Opportunity and Economic Growth,” will bring together economists, executives, academics, scientists and others to discuss public policy, social issues and economic trends.

This year’s lineup of speakers includes Gov. Gray Davis; Gary Hart, Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. senator; Steve Forbes, chief executive of Forbes Inc. and former Republican presidential candidate; Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland and former governor of California; Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp.; George Argyros, U.S. ambassador to Spain; Stephen Bollenbach, president and CEO of Hilton Hotels Corp.; Bruce Karatz, chairman and chief executive of KB Home; Diane Swonk, chief economist of Bank One Corp.; and William J. Bennett, former U.S. secretary of Education.

The conference, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, ends Wednesday.