An institution with a long history should pause from time to time to take stock. This serves several important purposes. It helps the agency review where it has been, discern the general trajectory of thought over the years, identify the issues of enduring importance, and refine its strategy for pursuing those goals more effectively in the future.
With these things in mind the FTC convened a two-day Symposium on the occasion of its 90th birthday. The event featured over 50 participants, including current Commissioners and other agency officials, as well as prominent academics and practitioners, many of whom are FTC alumnae. The papers presented looked well back into the past for the roots of the agency's policies, and well ahead in their recommendations for future actions.