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Economics in Perspective: A Critical History
JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1990

John Kenneth Galbraith is presently Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus at Harvard. Professor Galbraith was deputy administrator of the Office of Price Administration in the early 1940s and was principal organizer of the wartime system of price control, which he headed until 1943. In 1945 he became a director of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, which corrected wartime claims about the accomplishments of air warfare. He later held other public offices in the State Department and elsewhere, and was awarded the Medal of Freedom.

Galbraith served on the campaign staff of Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956; was the chairman of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Democratic Advisory Council from 1956 to 1960; served on John F. Kennedy's 1960 convention staff; and was U.S. ambassador to India from 1961 to 1963.

Galbraith's two most recent books are a history of Economics, Economics in Perspective: A Critical History (1987), and Capitalism, Communism and Coexistence: From the Bitter Past to a Better Prospect (1988), which he co-authored with Stanislav Menshikov for simultaneous publication in the United States and the U.S.S.R. He is the author of numerous other books and is well known to readers of The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Book World, and other journals for his articles and book reviews.

Dr. Galbraith is one of America's leading economists. His address, "Economics in Perspective: A Critical History," begins at 7:00 in McKenna Auditorium. Please use the enclosed form, if you wish to join us at the reception and dinner prior to Dr. Galbraith's speech.