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Aug. 29, 2011

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to speak at UI Sept. 7

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will give the University of Iowa's 2011-2012 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 co-sponsored 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. He has written 12 books, including "The Work of Nations," which has been translated into 22 languages, and the best-sellers "The Future of Success," "Locked in the Cabinet," and "Supercapitalism."

Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio's "Marketplace." 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 10 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

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: University Lecture Committee, 319-384-3535; Pete Damiano, Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800. Writer: George McCrory