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Jan. 19, 2011

CANCELLED: Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to speak at UI Feb. 1

reichThe University of Iowa Lecture Committee and Public Policy Center will kick off the spring semester lecture series with former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich speaking about the new economy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Reich's speech "The Next Economy and America's Future," is the Lecture Committee's 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture and 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 sign 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, he 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 Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, his Master of Arts from Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He lives in Berkeley, Calif. and blogs at

The Lecture Committee has also announced its upcoming lectures for the spring semester. Speakers include:

  • Richard Falk, United Nations special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, C20 Pomerantz Center. His lecture, "Countering Terrorism and Achieving Justice in the 21st Century" is co-sponsored by Transnational Law and the Journal of Contemporary Problems in the UI College of Law.
  • Playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Englert Theater.
  • Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Englert Theater.
  • Musicians Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Englert Theater.

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: Zakir Durumeric, University Lecture Committee, 319-384-3535,; Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,