Robert Reich lecture set for Sept. 7

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will give the University of Iowa’s 2011–12 Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Reich’s speech, “The Next Economy and America’s Future,” is presented by the UI Lecture Committee and is part of the UI Public Policy Center’s Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy. It is cosponsored by the Henry B. Tippie College of Business and the UI Labor Center.

Reich will be signing copies of his latest book, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, following the presentation. In the book, Reich gives a reading of the current economic crisis and offers a plan for dealing with the challenge of its aftermath.

Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President Barack Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board.

For more than 30 years, the UI Lecture Committee has brought some of the world’s great thinkers to the UI campus. Speakers have included an impressive roster of national and international figures in science, politics, business, human rights, law and the arts. The series is funded through student fees with additional private support.

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