Robert Reich Lecture

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 7:30 PM

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich kicked off the Public Policy Center's fall semester for the Forkenbrock Series and give the University of Iowa Lecture Committee's Distinguished Lecture for 2010-2011. Secretary Reich spoke on September 7th, 2011 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. His lecture focused on the new economy. Reich's speech, "The Next Economy and America's Future," was co-sponsored by the Henry B. Tippie College of Business and the UI Labor Center. Reich signed 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. He has written 12 books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages, and the best-sellers The Future of SuccessLocked in the Cabinet, and Supercapitalism.

Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio'sMarketplace. In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize, by the former Czech president, for his pioneering work in economic and social thought. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He lives in Berkeley, Calif. and blogs at


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