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GW to Host Discussion on the 100-Year Evolution of the Federal Reserve System

Nation’s Leading Economists to Speak Including Three Former Federal Reserve Senior Officials

202-994-3087; [email protected]
Dave Andrews
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As the Federal Reserve nears its 100th anniversary later this month, the George Washington University will host a symposium, “The Past, Present and Future of the Federal Reserve System.”  The daylong event will feature remarks by former leaders of the Federal Reserve, a congressman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and other finance and government experts.


Highlighted speakers are listed below. For a full list of speakers see the agenda online.

Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World”
Paul Schiff Berman, vice provost for online education and academic innovation, GW
Nell Henderson, economics editor, The Wall Street Journal
Rep. Jim Himes, D.-Conn., House Committee on Financial Services
Donald L. Kohn, former vice chairman, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Steven Lerman, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, GW
Susan Phillips, former governor, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System; former chairman, CFTC.; professor emeritus, GW School of Business
Athanasios Orphanides, form Governor, Central Bank of Syprus; member, Governing Council of the European Central Bank
Adam Posen, president, Peterson Institute for International Economics; member, Monetary Policy Committee of the Bankd of England
Nathan Sheets, global head of international economics, Citigroup, Inc.; former director, Division of International Finance, Federal Reserve Board
David Wessel, economics editor, The Wall Street Journal
Michael Whitehouse, president, Vital Venture Networks   


Friday, Dec.13, 2013; 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For details on each of the following sessions see the agenda online.

Welcoming Remarks and Official Launch of Fed Program Series
8:45-9 a.m.
Panel: The Fed’s Long Journey, 1913-2013: Assessing Fed Leadership from Benjamin Strong to Ben Bernanke
9-10:15 a.m.

Featured Interview: An insider’s View of the Fed from a Former Vice Chairman and Leading Monetary Economist
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Panel: The Federal Reserve’s Balancing Act: Can the Central Bank be Both Independent and Accountable to Congress and the Country?
1:30-3 p.m.

Panel: A Global Perspective: The Federal Reserve and Other Central Banks
3-4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks
4:15-4:30 p.m.


The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)


Media should RSVP to Angela Olson at 202-994-3087 or [email protected].
Members of the public should register online.