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Title: University Lecture Series — “National Health Care Reform the Massachusetts Way”

The Basics: Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss the effects and challenges of a fundamental health reform taking place in the state of Massachusetts. Gruber will explain how lessons learned from the implementation of this plan may transfer when moving to federal universal health coverage. Gruber was one of the leaders in the development of the plan, and sits on the board that is implementing the reform.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Architecture Lecture Series — “Building Activism”

The Basics: Mark Pasnik, principal founder of an interdisciplinary collaborative design studio in Boston, will discuss how architects and designers can create structures that promote activism and explore potential changes and effects of the construction of such buildings on the surrounding environment. He is the current recipient of the Lucian and Rita Caste Career Development Professorship in Architecture & Urban Design at Carnegie Mellon.

When: Today at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall A14

Title: University Lecture Series — “Using Technology to Win in the Flat World”

The Basics: S. Gopalakrishnan, founder, CEO, and managing director of Infosys Technologies Limited, will discuss the potential positive effects of technology on the forces of globalization, changing demographics, and regulatory compliance.

When: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: AB Presents — Paul O’Neill

The Basics: Paul O’Neill, 72nd secretary of the Treasury, former CEO of Alcoa, and subject of Ron Suskind’s book The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill(Simon & Schuster, 2004) will discuss the current state of the economy.

As Treasury secretary, O’Neill commissioned a 2002 report on the economy, which suggested that the United States would face future federal budget deficits of more than $500 million, and that a sharp increase in taxes might be unavoidable in closing the gap. O’Neill came into conflict with the Bush administration again when he disagreed with the invasion of Iraq, further investigation of Al-Qaeda funding, and proposed tax policies, all of which ultimately prompted his 2002 resignation.

When: Thursday at 5 p.m.

Where: Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Title: CAUSE Speaker Series — “Civil Rights and the Fight Against ‘Social Disorganization’: The Urban League and Black Middle Class Reform”

The Basics: Touré Reed, associate professor of history at Illinois State University, will discuss the progress of racial uplift in the 20th century using the Urban Leagues of Chicago and New York as case studies. Reed is the author of Not Alms But Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910–1950 (UNC Chapel Hill Press, 2008).

When: Friday at 5 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)