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Economist to Speak at U of U on American Economy and Strategic Alternatives for Peace and Security

January 28, 2004 — The University of Utah’s Department of Economics will present a public lecture, “The American Economy: Strategic Alternatives for Peace and Security,” by James Kenneth Galbraith, former executive director of the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee, on Monday, Feb. 2nd, at 12:30, in the Olpin Union East Ballroom on the University of Utah campus.

Galbraith, son of John Kenneth Galbraith, one of the most famous economists of the 20th century, is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. Galbraith teaches economics and a variety of other subjects at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the Department of Government at UT Austin. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale. He studied economics as a Marshall Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, directed the LBJ School’s Ph.D. Program in Public Policy and is currently the Director of the University of Texas Inequality Project.

Galbraith served as Chief Technical Adviser to the State Planning Commission, P.R. China, on a project on macroeconomic reform from 1994 to 1997. He has co-authored two textbooks, The Economic Problem, with Robert L. Heilbroner, and Macroeconomics, with William Darity, Jr., as well as Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future.

Galbraith’s book, Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay, was published by the Free Press in August 1998. His new book, Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View (Cambridge University Press, 2001), is co-edited with Maureen Berner and features contributions from six LBJ School Ph.D. students.

Galbraith serves as a Senior Scholar of the Levy Economics Institute and as chair of Economists Allied for Arms Reduction (ECAAR). He also writes a column on economic and political issues for The Texas Observer.

For more information on the lecture, call 801-581-7481.