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Nomi Prins

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Schofield Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

Topic  >  Reforming and Rebuilding our Nation’s Economy

Nomi Prins is a financial journalist and senior fellow at the non-partisan think tank Demos. Her insight comes from having worked as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, a senior managing director and head of the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London, a senior strategist at Lehman Brothers, and an analyst at the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPM Chase) which she joined at age 19.

Prins is currently working on her new book, All the Presidents' Bankers, with original archival analysis about the relationships of presidents to key bankers over the past century, and their impact on domestic and foreign policy.

"It will be packed with new findings — such as Nixon files on bankers never made public," Prins writes. "It explores events for which conventional retelling missed what actually happened; from wars to major international and domestic political and financial maneuvers. … It will uncover deep, secret history."

Her other books include Black Tuesday (2011), a historical novel about the 1929 stock market crash; and It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street (2009). She is also the author of Other People’s Money: The Corporate Mugging of America, chosen as a Best Book of 2004 by The Economist, Barron’s and Library Journal; and Jacked: How “Conservatives” are Picking your Pocket (whether you voted for them or not) (2006).

In October 2011 Prins agreed to serve on a panel of experts helping Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) draft legislation to reform the Federal Reserve. Sanders announced formation of his expert advisory panel after a damning report that faulted apparent conflicts of interest by bank-picked board members at the 12 regional Fed banks. Top executives from Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, General Electric and other firms sat on the boards of regional Federal Reserve banks while their firms benefited from the central bank’s policies during the financial crisis, the Government Accountability Office investigation found. Sanders is working with top economists to develop legislation to restructure the Fed and tighten rules on conflicts of interest, ensure that the Fed fulfills its full-employment mandate, increase transparency, protect consumers and reduce income inequality.

Prins has amassed a loyal fan base, with which she corresponds regularly on an individual level, by virtue of her bold views that hold all power players accountable for their actions. Her articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Fortune, Newsday, The Daily News, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Nation, The American Prospect and AlterNet. She has appeared as a commentator on economic, financial and political issues for CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Fox, PBS, BBC, RTTV and other television channels, and has been featured on radio shows on CNN, NPR and the BBC. She has been featured in many documentaries, including most recently Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (2011) and The Big Fix (2011), which opened to standing ovations at the Cannes Film Festival.

Prins holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from SUNY Purchase, and a master of science degree in statistics and operations research from New York University, where she also completed all coursework for a doctorate in statistics.


    (October 23, 2012)


$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission

A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception in The Dulany Inn of Davies Center.

This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.

The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.