USF Hosts America’s Leading Macroeconomists

SAN FRANCISCO — Dec. 13, 2011

The University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim will host world-class macroeconomists Christina and David H. Romer for their lecture “Healing America’s Troubled Economy.” This timely and thought-provoking talk will take place Dec. 13 at 5:45 p.m. in the McLaren Complex on USF’s main campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Romers are a husband-and-wife team of professors at the University of California, Berkeley whose distinguished work in macroeconomics has earned them international recognition. Christine Romer was the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration until she resigned from the position in September of 2010.

“The Romers are true macroeconomists, but they are also experts that ordinary people can understand,” said Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Kiriyama Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, who will moderate the event. “They are open, friendly, and much-liked by their audiences. We are thrilled to have them speak at USF.”

In their “Healing America’s Troubled Economy” talk, the Romers will discuss what went wrong with America’s economy and provide insight on what may be around the corner—for Wall Street and Main Street.

This lecture will be particularly valuable and timely because of the recent Occupy protests across the country. “The Romers understand that our government at the federal level has failed to bring about an economic recovery,” said Hatcher. “Christine Romer was in the White House for two years trying to work with a team to turn things around. Both Romers think it still can be done. We look forward to a provocative discussion about what is next for our nation’s economy.”

This lecture is free, and the community is encouraged to attend. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 415.422.6828. The most direct campus entrance to the McLaren Complex is on Golden Gate Avenue near Kittredge Terrace in San Francisco.

About the USF Center for the Pacific Rim

The Center for the Pacific Rim in the College of Arts and Sciences bridges both sides of the Pacific through graduate and undergraduate academic degree programs, scholarly research and exchange, print and online publications, and free public affairs and literary events focused on Asia and the entire Pacific Rim.

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