August 25, 2014 - Economist Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci will deliver the 2014 King’s College Labor Day Lecture at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College.

The lecture, titled "Bread, Roses, and Rest: Securing Meaningful Retirement for All,” is free and open to the public. The program is co-sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s and the Peace and Justice Center of Wilkes-Barre. The lecture also serves as this year’s Peace and Justice Center’s Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture.

Ghilarducci will discuss the idea that working persons are entitled to a dignified retirement and consider how this idea can become more realistic for larger populations through reform of public policy, including worker pension, Social Security expansion, and individual retirement plans, such as the 401 (k).  Ghilarducci is the author of “When I’m Sixty-Four: The Plot against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them.”

President Clinton appointed Ghilarducci to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Advisory Board, which is charged with protecting the pensions of workers in the public sector. She served on the board of trustees of the Indiana Public Employees’ Retirement Fund and has represented the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as director of YRC Worldwide Inc., since 2010.

Ghilarducci has worked in higher education for several decades, first as a professor at the University of Notre Dame, where she taught for 25 years, and now as the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Analysis and the director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School.

The Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture is named for a founding member of the Peace and Justice Center who died in 1997. The Peace and Justice Center is NEPA’s interfaith resource center for issues of peace and justice.

The Burke Auditorium is located in the William G. McGowan School of Business on North River Street. Parking will be available in on-campus lots. For more information, please contact Dr. Bernard Prusak, director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, at 208-5900, ext. 5689.

King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci

Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci