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News Marlboro College Symposium: The Legacy of Economist John Kenneth Galbraith

MARLBORO, VT – (October 19, 2012) – Marlboro College welcomes Ambassador Peter Galbraith and Professor James Galbraith for a symposium on the legacy of their father, renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith, in the context of current economic and foreign policies on Sunday, November 4.. Each will offer their views on current economic policy in anticipation of the November 6 election, followed by a discussion with other experts and members of the audience. The November 4 symposium, at 4:00pm in Ragle Hall, Marlboro College, is free and open to the public. 

Peter Galbraith, Vermont State Senator and former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, will give a talk titled “The case against intervention and nation building: Relevant lessons from the diplomatic life of John Kenneth Galbraith.”

Ambassador Galbraith received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, his M.A. from Oxford, and his J.D. from Georgetown University. Appointed United States Ambassador to Croatia in 1993 by Bill Clinton, Galbraith was actively involved in the Croatia and Bosnia peace processes. Galbraith was responsible for U.S. humanitarian programs with the UNPROFOR mission headquartered in Zagreb. In 2010, Galbraith won election to the Vermont State Senate from Windham County as a Democrat.

James Galbraith, Professor of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas/Austin, will discuss “The relevance of Galbraith’s economics today.”

Professor Galbraith received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1974 and his doctorate from Yale in 1981, both in economics. In addition to serving on the staff of the Congress of the United States from 1981 to 1982, Galbraith was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1985. Galbraith is currently the chair of Economists for Peace & Security, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. His latest book, Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis, was published in 2012.

On the same day, Marlboro College is honored to dedicate the 2,000-volume John Kenneth and Catherine Atwater Galbraith Library Collection, a gift from their sons Peter, James and Alan in 2008. The dedication recognizes their father’s relationship with Marlboro as a friend, neighbor, and trustee for 25 years.

John Kenneth Galbraith served as ambassador to India under President Kennedy and helped draft President Johnson's “Great Society” speech. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman and again in 2000 by President Bill Clinton. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 97.

An author of 33 books, his New York Times obituary referred to Galbraith as “one of the most widely read authors in the history of economics” and called his 1958 book, The Affluent Society, “one of those rare works that forces a nation to re-examine its values.”

Catherine Atwater Galbraith, an accomplished linguist and student of French and German literature, was the author of India Now and Through Time and numerous articles on India and other subjects.

The Galbraith collection is housed within Marlboro’s Rice-Aron Library, and is open to the public.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 65 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.


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