Robert Reich, UC Berkeley public policy professor, to lead off Earl Lectures

September 3, 2010

RReichThe 2011 Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion, entitled, “Our Daily Bread: Faith, Work, and the Economy,” will feature Robert Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, speaking on Tuesday, January 25. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His most recent book is Supercapitalism. His "Marketplace" commentaries can be found on publicradio.com and iTunes.

The 110th Earl Lectures will take place Tues-Thurs., Jan. 25-27 at the Pacific School of Religion campus at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley. Other presenters include Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), a non-profit organization based in Chicago, and Bishop Yvette Flunder, founder and senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco.

The event will also offer the opportunity to introduce to the wider community the new president of PSR, Riess Potterveld, who assumes office on October 1, 2010.

IWJ and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) will be among the organizations hosting workshops at the three-day event. In addition to lectures and workshops, the Earl Lectures offer opportunities to enjoy worship services, performances, luncheons and dinners.

Each January, PSR hosts the annual Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference, a three-day event that addresses critical theological, pastoral, and social issues of the day. The lectures were established in 1901 to bring prominent religious leaders to Berkeley's university community, and have featured such international figures as Theodore Roosevelt, Elie Wiesel, Howard Thurman, Maya Angelou, Paul Tillich, and Alice Walker.

The Earl Lectures are free, open to the public, and require no registration. Registration fee will be set this fall for the leadership conference workshops and other events. For more information, call 510/849-8218 or 800/999-0528, ext. 8218.