REFLECTIONS ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND ITS PLACE IN TODAY'S ECONOMY

Overview

Beginning on March 20, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, will deliver a series of lectures at the George Washington University's School of Business (GWSB). "Reflections of the Federal Reserve and its Place in Today's Economy" will provide a firsthand look at the inner-workings of the U.S. central banking system. The first four lectures featuring the chairman will be livestreaming for anyone who wants to view the classes and see the interdisciplinary learning that is happening at George Washington University. The lectures following the first four will also be made available online. All lectures, class materials and biographical information can be accessed online.

Chairman Bernanke's lectures will begin with the origins and missions of the Federal Reserve, followed by a lecture that will discuss the role and actions of the Federal Reserve in the period after World War II. In the final two lectures, the chairman will review some of the causes of, and policy responses to, the recent financial crisis, focusing specifically on the actions of the Federal Reserve. Chairman Bernanke's lectures are scheduled for March 20, 22, 27 and 29 and will begin at 12:45 pm EDT and end at 2 p.m.

George Washington University faculty participating in the course following the lectures featuring the chairman include:

  • Tim Fort, lead professor of class, Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics and executive director of the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility, School of Business
  • Howard Beales, professor of strategic management and public policy, School of Business
  • Sarah Binder, professor of political science, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Isabelle Besnainou, professor of finance, School of Business
  • Doug Guthrie, dean, School of Business
  • Pam Labadie, professor of economics, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Annamaria Lusardi, professor of accountancy and economics, School of Business
  • Todd Peterson, professor of law, Law School
  • Scheherazade Rehman, professor of international business and international affairs, School of Business and Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Chao Wei, associate professor of economics, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Arthur Wilmarth, professor of law, Law School
  • Anthony Yezer, professor of economics, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Ben Bernanke

Chairman of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.