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State of Affairs: Our Economy and the 2004 Campaign

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Monday, October 18, 2004

MacArthur fellow and senior economic advisor at the Brookings Institute, Alice Rivlin; former secretary of labor under President Clinton and professor of social and economic policy at Brandeis University, Robert Reich; and professor of economics at Boston University, Glenn Loury, discuss the state of the economy with *Boston Globe* Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Tom Oliphant.

Dr. Rivlin was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to that, she was the chair of the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority, a vice chair of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System, and director of the Office of Management and Budget. Currently, she is the director of the Greater Washington Research Program and senior fellow of Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution. She is also a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University.
Robert B. Reich is professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He last served in government as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His articles have appeared in *The New Yorker*, *The Atlantic Monthly*, *The New York Times*, *The Washington Post*, and *The Wall Street Journal*. He contributes weekly commentaries to *Marketplace* on public radio, appears regularly on television, and is a cofounding editor of *The American Prospect*. In 2003 Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize for pioneering work in economic and social thought. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Tom Oliphant, moderator, is a former columnist for The Boston Globe. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who has covered countless political stories and appears frequently as a television commentator.