Press Release for Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich Speaks at UNF Arena

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Robert Reich, former U.S. Labor Secretary, will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the University of North Florida Arena.

Reich is considered one of the nation’s leading thinkers in the area of work and the economy. He is the Maurice B. Hexter professor of social and economic policy at Brandeis University, visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and consultant to numerous government corporations.

Prior to serving as the secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton’s first term, he performed various roles. Reich was a faculty member at Harvard University, served as an Assistant Solicitor General under the Ford administration, headed the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Trade Commission under the Carter administration and was a gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts. As a secretary of labor, Reich served as the mastermind and impetus behind important initiatives such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, increasing minimum wage, protecting workers’ pensions, launching job training programs to build the skills of American workers and fighting against illegal child labor around the world.

In addition to Reich’s outstanding professional profile, he’s the author of 10 books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages. He’s also the co-founder and columnist for American Prospect magazine. He has written more than 200 articles on the global economy, the changing nature of work and the centrality of human capital. His commentaries are heard weekly on public radio and his columns appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclev Havel prize in 2003 for his original contributions to world thinking and culture.

This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services. Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2005 Lectures link.