College of Liberal Arts

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to Deliver Carpenter Lecture

Thu, Aug 27, 2015
Robert Reich served in three presidential administrations, including Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Robert Reich served in three presidential administrations, including Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

EVENT: Robert Reich, an expert in global and domestic economic policy and a former U.S. secretary of labor, will discuss “The Future of Inequality: The 2016 Election and Beyond” for the 2015 Carpenter Lecture, hosted by the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. 

WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8.

WHERE: The Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium in the LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St.

WHO MAY ATTEND: This event is free and open to the public.

BACKGROUND: Political economist Robert Reich served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He was on President-elect Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board and was named one of TIME magazine’s 10 most successful Cabinet secretaries of the past century in 2008.

Reich is the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored 14 books including his most recent, “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” which explores methods of preserving economic growth while spreading benefits. He is also the co-creator and host of the documentary film “Inequality for All.”

The Liz Carpenter Lectureship was established in 1984 in the College of Liberal Arts to honor the former Washington news correspondent and UT Austin distinguished alumna Liz Carpenter. The lecture series has welcomed influential and engaging speakers including former Presidents Clinton and Ford, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jane Goodall, Nicholas Kristof, Gail Collins, Fannie Flagg and Carol Channing.

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