Sep 30, 2008    #092
Contact: Laura Pate Byerley

Internationally-known economist to speak at UMKCDr. James K. Galbraith will discuss U.S. financial crisis on Oct. 4

Dr. James K. Galbraith – an internationally-known economist and Washington Post contributor – will discuss the current U.S. financial crisis at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the UMKC Law School Courtroom, Room C01. This UMKC Department of Economics-sponsored appearance is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the UMKC Department of Economics, Dr. Galbraith is examining the reformation of the international financial system. He will discuss his internationally-acclaimed book, "The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too." Published in August, the book follows economic policy over the past 30 years.

Dr. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as chair of the Board of Directors for Economists for Peace and Security; senior scholar at Levy Economics Institute of Bard College; and an adviser to policy-makers.

"We believe that his visit will be of great interest to Kansas City residents, given the special relevance of his book to the current American presidential campaign and its treatment of domestic and international economic problems confronting the United States," said Dr. L. Randall Wray, professor in the UMKC Department of Economics.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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