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President of French National Assembly to Speak at University of Chicago Downtown Center

Laurent Fabius, one of France’s leading political figures, delivers the address “The Changing Role of the European Union Over the Next Ten Years,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Room 621 of the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Fabius, president of the French National Assembly (the equivalent of the Speaker of the House in the United States) and former prime minister of France, is speaking as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. He is a Visiting Fellow in the Division of the Social Sciences and in the Harris School.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Fabius on campus,” said Don Coursey, Dean of the Harris School. “Moves to unify the political and economic landscape of Europe have major consequences for international relations. Mr. Fabius will be able to provide us with a European perspective on what these changes will mean.”

Fabius is a 1973 graduate of the Ecole National d’Administration, France’s premier training center for leaders in government and business. He was first elected to parliament in 1973 and served as prime minister from 1984 to 1986. He was president of the National Assembly from 1988 to 1992 and returned as president in 1996.

He has also been a deputy to the European parliament and served as first secretary of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 1993.

He is the author of Inequality in France (1975), The Heart of the Future (1985) and The Wounds of Truth (1995).

As a Visiting Fellow, Fabius will take part in a workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and speak informally with faculty and students.

The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies was founded at the University of Chicago in 1976 as the Committee on Public Policy Studies and became a professional graduate school in 1988. The School provides one of the world’s finest graduate public policy research and training programs, with core concentrations in such policy areas as education, the environment, children and families, health, and poverty studies.
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