William Greider, author, activist, and correspondent for The Nation, will give a talk at Duke University on Friday, Jan. 17.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the West Duke Building on the university's East Campus. It is sponsored by the Kenan Institute of Ethics.
During his talk, "The Politics of Money: In Search of Democracy," Greider will share highlights of his 40-year experience as a journalist covering politics and economics in publications including The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and for PBS's Frontline documentary series.
After starting his career at a small daily newspaper, Greider joined the national staff at The Washington Post. During his 12 years there, he became the assistant managing editor for national coverage. In 1981, he published an article highly critical of the economic policies of the Reagan administration, based on private interviews with the administration's budget director. He built his argument into his first book, "The Education of David Stockman and Other Americans."
Greider left the Post to become a regular columnist and correspondent for Rolling Stone and to continue to publish books advocating for greater government transparency and accountability. His writing has focused on the management of the Federal Reserve, problems of representative democracy, global capitalism and the military-industrial complex.
His most recent book, "Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country," recommends reforms to help successfully bring the country out of financial crisis.
This event is co-sponsored by Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics, Marxism & Society in the Program in Literature, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Economic Center for Teaching, and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. For more information, visit dukeethics.org.