Public Voices: A Lecture by Barney Frank

 

Having once considered a career as a standup comedian, Representative Barney Frank has a knack for delivering one-liners, and that includes speaking his mind on important issues on the House floor. On Tuesday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m., you can see the influential congressman’s comedy chops when he comes to The New School for the fourth Center for Public Scholarship’s Public Voices lecture. Here, he will discuss why military spending can and must be reduced if we are to bring down the Federal deficit in a socially responsible way.

Barney Frank recently retired from Congress after more then 30 years (1981-2013), during which time he became Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007-2011). As chair, Frank was instrumental in crafting a compromise bill to stem the tide of home mortgage foreclosures, as well as the subsequent $550 billion rescue plan. He was co-author of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and led the passage of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act.

In 1987, Frank became the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as openly gay, and in 2012 he married his longtime partner Jim Ready, becoming the nation’s first congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage while in office.

Barney Frank will be joined by Robert Pollin, (Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 1982), professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The talk will be held in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street. Admission is free, but an rsvp is recommended by emailing cps@newschool.edu or calling 917-534-9330.