University of Rochester

EVENT: Panel of Policy Experts Debate the Future of Finance

April 1, 2014

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester River Campus. A reception will follow the event.

WHAT: The Politics and Markets Project, a new initiative aimed at fostering discussion among college students about key issues of the day, presents "Wall Street and Your World." For university students, what happens on Wall Street impacts life after college, including job prospects and student loans, and yet there is disagreement about how best to regulate the financial sector. David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and an associate professor of political science and business administration, will moderate a panel discussion on the future of finance, including the role for Washington and why these issues matter to students.

The panel includes three nationally recognized policy experts from across the political spectrum:

Nicole Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a think tank devoted to fostering "greater economic choice and individual responsibility." She is a contributing editor of City Journal and writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and business issues. Her most recent book, After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington, was published in 2009.

Alexis Goldstein is a writer and activist currently serving as the communications director for The Other 98%, a non-profit grassroots group that focuses on issues of "economic injustice, undue corporate influence, and threats to democracy." In addition to her role as communications director, Goldstein is a contributor to The Nation and has also written for The Washington Post and the American Prospect. She spent seven years, up until 2010, working in technology on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Deutsche Bank.

Hester Peirce, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a research group focused on promoting "market-oriented ideas," studies the regulation of financial markets. Peirce also served as senior counsel for Senator Richard Shelby on the committee for banking, housing, and urban affairs, where she focused on financial regulatory reform.

ADMISSION: The talk is open to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Rochester.

SPONSOR: The Politics and Markets Project at the University of Rochester.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See the event Facebook page for updates.




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