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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to Speak at UI Feb. 1

Jan. 31—Reich lecture canceled
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The Tippie College of Business is co-sponsoring a talk by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. His appearance is a collaboration of The University of Iowa Lecture Committee, the UI Public Policy Center, the Tippie College, and the UI Labor Center.

Reich's speech "The Next Economy and America's Future," is the Lecture Committee's 2010-2011 Distinguished Lecture and part of the UI Public Policy Center's Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy.

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 ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century.

He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.A. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., and blogs at

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