Former Labor Secretary Reich ’68 to Speak in Dartmouth’s ‘Leading Voices’ Lecture Series


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Robert Reich (photo by Perian Flaherty)

Former U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Robert Reich ’68 will deliver the next lecture in this summer’s “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy” series.

Reich, who is also an author and educator, will speak on Thursday, August 4, at 4:30 p.m., in the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The new “Leading Voices” series brings national political and policy experts and presidential candidates to Dartmouth and is sponsored by the Office of the President and Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.

Reich will speak about the middle class and the Republican Party, and economic insecurity. Each lecture addresses a major topic shaping current policy and political debate at the national level. The issues include the federal deficit, health care reform, public education, financial bailouts, and partisan politics.

A leading expert on work and the economy, Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as labor secretary under President Bill Clinton. Time Magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century.

In addition to being a Dartmouth graduate, Reich is also a trustee emeritus and in 1994 received an honorary degree from the College.

His speech, along with others in the “Leading Voices” series, will be available for viewing on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel after the lectures.

Previous speakers have included Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner ’83, former Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim, and GOP presidential candidates Buddy Roemer, Jon Huntsman Jr., and Gary Johnson.

The next speaker, on August 11, is Henry Paulson ’68, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and a former CEO and chairman of Goldman Sachs. See the lecture website for up-to-date details and the complete speaker schedule.

About the “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy” Lecture Series

The lectures are integrated with a new team-taught summer term course called “Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy,” sponsored by the Rockefeller Center.

“The lectures are an opportunity for students and members of the larger community to share a common intellectual experience,” said Kim. “This course is another way Dartmouth is engaging students in the complexities of the world and bringing a diversity of perspectives to the campus.”

The team-taught course is led by visiting Professor Charles Wheelan ’88, of the Harris School at the University of Chicago. Wheelan, a former member of the Board of Visitors at the Rockefeller Center, has returned to his alma mater each year since 2006 to teach summer courses in economics and public policy.

Also teaching are Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving A’72, P’10 Professor of Economics, and director of the Rockefeller Center; Bruce Sacerdote ’90, the Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor in Economics; Deborah Brooks, associate professor of government; and Dean Lacy, professor of government.

The guest lecturers, in most cases, speak to the class in advance of presenting a public lecture. Several speakers—presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Rob Portman ’78, (R-Ohio)—talked to the class but did not deliver public lectures. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D-N.H.) will speak only to the class on August 10.

Similar lecture series may be held in future years on topics relevant to a liberal arts education.

The lectures are timed to take advantage of the great opportunity New Hampshire’s presidential primary affords to invite candidates to visit Dartmouth. However, the summer series won’t be the only Dartmouth stop on politicians’ calendars. This fall, Republican presidential candidates will be on campus for a debate on the U.S. economy, set for October 11. Hosted by Dartmouth, Bloomberg Television, The Washington Post, and WBIN-TV, the event will be broadcast nationally and around the globe by Bloomberg Television and streamed online by

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Susan J. Boutwell