Featured Speaker

Professor Charles B. Perrow
Professor Emeritus of Sociology – Yale University

Tuesday, April 23

Perrow will examine the obstacles to effective emissions reductions in the United States, looking at government, industry and the public. While polluting corporations, oil, gas and coal are the main obstacle, it is Congress that needs to act. Representatives of states and districts with heavy carbon footprints have a good reason to oppose carbon taxes, as do conservatives of any state or district. The congressional divide on global warming causes and appropriate action is wider than the public division, and is increasing. The effect of weather disturbances upon many firms will be great, but especially upon the insurance industry, which has a lot to lose as weather damages radiate further in our complex and tightly coupled economy. Risk managers in all firms, and certainly the officers in insurance and reinsurance firms, are in a position to shape public opinion and more important, congressional and White House opinion. Perrow will make suggestions regarding that.

For highlights of Perrow’s many contributions, please consult his faculty Web page.


Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair
Featured Luncheon Speaker

Wednesday, April 24

Don’t miss this presentation by Sheila C. Bair, who served as the 19th chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for a five-year term, from June 2006 through July 2011. Bair has an extensive background in banking and finance in a career that has taken her from Capitol Hill to academia to the highest levels of government. Before joining the FDIC in 2006, she was the dean’s professor of financial regulatory policy for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst since 2002.