Tuesday, 23 September, 2014
The annual Anne Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture Series is presented by the Honors and Scholars Programs of the University of Tennessee. The lecture series recognizes noted economic historian Anne Mayhew, who served at UT as chair of the Department of Economics, dean of the Graduate School, and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
This year's guest lecturer is Robert Reich, one of the world's leading thinkers about work and the economy. Now Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, he has served under three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. He also served on President Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board. In 2008, TIME magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century.
Reich is the author of 14 books including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages, and the best sellers Locked in the Cabinet and The Future of Success, which in 2002 was ranked by BusinessWeek magazine as the #2 best-selling business book. His book, Supercapitalism, published in 2007, warned of the perils of an under-regulated and over-leveraged financial system. In his 2010 best seller, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, Reich looks at where the economy is heading after the Great Recession and what to expect over the next decade.
Reich is the co-creator and host of the widely acclaimed 2013 documentary, Inequality for All, in which he explains the underlying forces that are shaping our economy and lays out pragmatic solutions for a broader prosperity.
Reich has a nationally-syndicated column and he also writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Financial Times. He is a contributor to CNBC, and a frequent panelist on ABC's This Week and other television programs.
In late 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclev Havel prize, in Prague, for his original contributions to economic thinking. The Wall Street Journal has named him one of the nation's top ten thought leaders.