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Ben Bernanke to Deliver Economics Lecture at Northwestern

Former Federal Reserve chair to give Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy

  • Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus
  • To be interviewed by Kellogg’s Janice Eberly, formerly with U.S. Treasury
  • Lecture is free and open to the public

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Ben S. Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, will deliver the Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy at Northwestern University at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 25.

Bernanke will be interviewed by Janice Eberly, the James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Eberly served as the assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury from 2011 to 2013.

Hosted by the University’s department of economics, the lecture will be held in Leverone Auditorium at the Donald P. Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road on the University’s Evanston campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Bernanke is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. From February 2006 through January 2014, he was chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. 

Before his appointment as chairman, Bernanke was chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006. Prior to that, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, from 2002 to 2005. From 1985 to 2002, Bernanke was a professor at Princeton University and before that at Stanford University.

Bernanke has published many articles on a wide variety of economic issues, including monetary policy and macroeconomics, and is the author of several scholarly books and two textbooks. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bernanke served as the director of the Monetary Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and as a member of the NBER’s Business Cycle Dating Committee. In July 2001, he was appointed editor of the American Economic Review. He received a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy was launched in 2008 in honor of Northwestern alumna Susan Schmidt Bies. Bies, who earned her doctorate in economics from Northwestern in 1972, served in various capacities during a long career, including on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2001 until 2007. The lecture will alternate between microeconomic and macroeconomic topics.

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