Economics correspondent Paul Solman to present Luther Distinguished Lecture on 'Two Faces of Capitalism' Sept. 29

Sept. 14, 2009

Paul Solman, business and economics correspondent for the PBS Television program “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” will present the Luther College Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Luther College Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Solman’s lecture, “The Two Faces of Capitalism: Why We Love and Hate the So-Called Free Market,” is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception will follow the lecture in the Center for Faith and Life Lobby.

A former cab driver and kindergarten teacher, Solman is now one of the most recognized business and economics correspondents and journalists in the nation.

Solman has been “demystifying” money matters for more than 25 years. Known for the energy and wit brings to his presentations, Solman has managed to simplify and make economics and business fun for audiences to learn.

Solman has presented on numerous issues including Cuba, Social Security reform, the NFL and the workings of the circus. His television journalism work has included a seven-part series on the rise of China and a series on the business response to global warming.

Solman has been doing a yearlong series, “America’s Response to Globalization,” which explores the global economic challenges the United States faces, including the manufacturing Renaissance in the Midwest and how to create the next generation of competitive Americans in the workplace.

In his reporting career Solman has interviewed heads of state, bialy bakers, CEOs such as Jack Welch, Nobel laureates, and inner-city kids performing Shakespeare.

TV Guide’s All Star News has named him a member of their “Dream Team” of reporters. Solman has won an Emmy Award for his productions every decade since the ’70s and has also won two Peabody Awards.

Solman has taught at Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and is the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Political Economy at Yale University.

Solman lectures occasionally on college campuses and has written numerous publications for magazines such as Forbes and Mother Jones. He also helped create the book “Morrie: In His Own Words” with Morrie Schwartz.

Solman’s appearance is funded by the Luther College Endowment in Humanities and is coordinated by the Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Life.