Donald Kohn, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve, will give the BB&T Distinguished Lecture, "The Fed in the Crisis and beyond: new policies, old principles," on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of the Holtzman Alumni Center at the Inn at Virginia Tech’s Latham Ballroom.

The talk, hosted by the Pamplin College of Business and part of its BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series on Capitalism, is free and open to the public, no tickets required. 

Kohn, an expert on monetary policy, financial regulation, and macroeconomics, is currently a senior fellow in the economic studies program at the Brookings Institution. 

A 40-year veteran of the Federal Reserve System, he advised Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke throughout the 2008-2009 financial crisis and was a key adviser to former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Before joining the board of governors of the Federal Reserve, he was an adviser to the board for monetary policy, secretary of the federal open market committee, director of the division of monetary affairs, and deputy staff director for monetary and financial policy. He served in various positions in the board's division of research and statistics and chaired the committee on the global financial system.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1964 from the College of Wooster and a Ph.D. in economics in 1971 from the University of Michigan.

The BB&T lecture series is part of a Pamplin College teaching program to explore the foundations of capitalism and freedom. The program’s courses, undergraduate and graduate, examine alternative economic systems, including socialism and communism, and compare them with the economic solutions offered by free markets. For more information, please contact finance professor and program director Douglas Patterson.

The program was established in 2007 in the college’s finance department with a $1 million gift from BB&T Charitable Foundation.

Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.