Former US Secretary of Labor at Elder Hall

Professor Robert Reich

Professor Robert Reich
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Friday, 20 July 2007

Former US Secretary of Labor Professor Robert Reich will be in Adelaide on Wednesday 1 August to share his views on the essentials for a decent working society in the 21st century.

Professor Reich, who served under US President Bill Clinton, is being brought to Adelaide to give a public lecture at the University of Adelaide by the Don Dunstan Foundation, the University's Australian Institute for Social Research and the State Government of South Australia.

As Secretary of Labor, Professor Reich implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act, led the Clinton administration's successful effort to raise the minimum wage, secured workers' pensions and launched job-training programs, one-stop career centres and school-to-work initiatives.

A 1996 poll of cabinet experts conducted by the Hearst newspapers rated him the most effective cabinet secretary during the Clinton administration.

Professor Reich is currently Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

He has written 10 books and numerous articles, co-founded The American Prospect magazine and comments regularly on public radio. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize by the former Czech President for his pioneering work in economic and social thought.

The talk will be held at 6.30pm to 8pm at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, on Wednesday 1 August. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Don Dunstan Foundation subscribers and concession. Book at Further enquiries at 8303 3364.


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