Distributed October 5, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis

Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture

Robert Reich to speak on ‘Who Cares about Politics?’ Oct. 25

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will deliver a Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture titled Who Cares about Politics? on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will deliver a Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture titled Who Cares about Politics? on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green. The lecture is sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.

Reich, currently the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandeis University and its Heller Graduate School, served as secretary of labor during the first Clinton administration and has distinguished himself as a strong proponent for American workers in both his public and private careers. Under his leadership, the Family and Medical Leave Act was implemented and the Department of Labor cracked down on unsafe work sites and on pension and health insurance fraud. Prior to his Cabinet appointment, he was a lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and served as assistant to Solicitor General Robert Bork in the Ford administration. He also headed the policy planning staff of the Federal Trade Commission during the Carter presidency.

Reich earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from Dartmouth College, as well as a second master’s degree from Oxford Univeristy as a Rhodes Scholar. He received his J.D. from Yale University in 1973. He is the author of seven books, including the bestselling memoir Locked in the Cabinet and The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages. His next book, The Future of Success, is to be published in January. In 1998 Reich wrote and hosted the PBS television special At the Grass Roots, and he is a regular commentator on public radio’s Marketplace. He is co-founder and editor of The American Prospect magazine and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and Britain’s Observer.

The Krieger Lecture

Noah Krieger was an outstanding Brown student who earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude. His academic interests were focused on positive social change and included economics, political science and public policy. When he died tragically soon after graduating from Brown in 1993, the Krieger family established a program at the University’s Taubman Center to honor his life and celebrate his memory.

The program annually awards a prize to an outstanding member of the Center’s graduating class and presents yearly lectures by prominent individuals who have made distinguished contributions to public service. Among past lecturers are Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

Reich’s lecture, which will be followed by a reception, is free and open to the public.