Williams College of Business' Distinguished Speaker Series presents author and economic historian Amity Shlaes

| February 22, 2012

The Williams College of Business opens the Distinguished Speaker Series for 2012 with a lecture by Amity Shlaes, a Bloomberg News columnist and political economist and an expert on the financial Depression. Her lecture, “Tricked Again: How Financial Crises Provide the Pretext for Preposterous Government Expansion,” is on Tuesday, March 13, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Duff Banquet Hall at the Cintas Center.

The Distinguished Speaker Series, also presented by PNC, brings top-level business, academic and political leaders to campus to discuss world issues, introduce new ideas, generate discussion and further the educational mission of the business college. Additionally, students, faculty, alumni and members of the business community have the opportunity to interact with the speaker at each event.

Attendance for the March 13 event, made possible through PNC’s sponsorship, is limited. Registration takes place online only. For more information, please call 513-745-4272. Deadline for registration is Feb. 29.

Shlaes is the director of the 4% Growth Project at the George W. Bush Institute, a syndicated columnist at Bloomberg, and the author of the New York Times best-selling book The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, which The Wall Street Journal calls one of the best books to read during a financial crisis. Shlals has written for The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, where she was an editorial board member, as well as the New Yorker, Fortune, National Review, The New Republic and Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining the Bush Institute she was a senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations.

She has appeared on PBS’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Fox News’ “Glenn Beck,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Charlie Rose” and CNBC’s “Kudlow and Kramer.” She contributes to Public Radio International’s “Marketplace,” and appears frequently on Bloomberg radio. She is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 2002, Shlaes was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize, an international prize for free-market journalism. In 2003, she served as the J.P. Morgan Fellow for economics and finance at the American Academy in Berlin. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale and studied at the Free University in Berlin on a DAAD fellowship following college. Yale named her to its list of most distinguished alumni.

Previous Distinguished Speakers include: Robert Castellini, chairman of Castellini Co. and Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati Reds, former Procter & Gamble President and CEO A.G. Lafley, E.W. Scripps President and CEO Kenneth Lowe, Sara Mathew, president and COO of Dun & Bradstreet, and current Procter & Gamble president and CEO Bob McDonald.

Read more about Shlaes and the series at the Distinguished Speaker Series website.