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Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Alice Rivlin to speak at IU Bloomington on Oct. 27

Oct. 20, 2005

BLOOMINGTON -- Alice Rivlin, Brookings Institution scholar and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, will be the guest lecturer at an event sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Rivlin's topic will be "Are We Too Polarized to Make Public Decisions?" The lecture is being held in the SPEA Building Atrium located at 1315 E. Tenth St. The event is free and open to the public.

Rivlin presently is a Brookings Institution scholar in Washington, D.C. She serves as a senior fellow there and as director of the Greater Washington Research Program, Metropolitan Policy. Her current projects include how to balance the federal budget and how to improve public policy in the Washington metro area. She also is a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.

Rivlin's expertise is in fiscal and monetary policy, social policy and urban issues. She previously served as the vice chair of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System under Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. She also was the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton. She was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and served in that position from 1975 to 1983.

Rivlin grew up in Bloomington, and her connections to IU are deep. Her father was a professor of physics at the university and developed its first cyclotron. As a college student, Rivlin took a summer class at IU in economics, which persuaded her to change her major at Bryn Mawr from history to economics.

The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, located on eight campuses, is committed to teaching, research and service in areas such as public and nonprofit management, public policy, environmental science, criminal justice, arts administration and health administration. The school maintains continuing relationships with a large number of public agencies at all levels of government; public and private hospitals and health organizations; and nonprofit organizations and corporations in the private sector. SPEA has earned national distinction for innovative educational programs that combine administrative, social, economic, financial and environmental disciplines.