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Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

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DNC official to discuss the importance of voting

Donna Brazile

With Election Day quickly approaching, veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile will speak on campus about the importance of voting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. This program is free and open to the public.

Brazile, Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman, is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist and television political commentator. She is the former interim national chair of the Democratic National Convention as well as former chair of the Democratic National Convention’s Voting Rights Institute.

Brazile’s political career began when she was 9-years-old as she worked to successfully elect a city council candidate who promised to build a playground in her native New Orleans. Through her passion for political progress and four decades of state and local campaigns, Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 to 2000, when she became the first African American to manage a presidential campaign.

An adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Brazile is a columnist for Universal Uclick, Ms. magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine as well as the bestselling author of the memoir, “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics.” Brazile is an on-air contributor for CNN and ABC, regularly appearing on “This Week.” She was honored as one of 20 remarkable visionaries on O Magazine’s Power List. She was named among the 100 most powerful women by Washingtonian magazine and top 50 women in America by Essence magazine and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement. 

Joining Brazile on Oct. 18 is Karen Smith Coates, who will speak about the importance of involvement in the state government. Coates, who graduated from BU in 1985, is chief of staff and chief counsel in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and director of legislative affairs in the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. A graduate of Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Coates is the first female chief of staff to the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which is the highest position in the State House. She previously served as the director of legislative affairs to then majority leader, Mike Turzai, and was named one of the “smartest staffers” at the Capitol in an independent survey taken for PoliticsPA.com in 2011. She practiced law in the private sector for 20 years prior to her employment with the House Republican caucus.

Department of Economics presents Princeton scholar

Roland J. M. Bénabou, Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will discuss "Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion, and Growth” on Monday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Bénabou’s research spans both macroeconomic and microeconomic areas, such as the interplay of inflation and imperfect competition, or speculation and manipulation in financial markets. He joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1999 and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Rise of alternative work arrangements

Alan B. Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will discuss "The Rise of Alternative Work Arrangements in the U.S." on Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. His lecture will discuss the growth of independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers, contract workers, and temporary workers in the U.S. economy.