Jan. 31, 2019 -- Influential economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin, will visit Virginia Tech next week  for a lecture addressing the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, and how the Roanoke and New River Valley region could navigate those challenges in the future through a regional strategic plan.

What: Jeremy Rifkin will give a public lecture. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands will join Rifkin to share his vision of Virginia Tech and the role it plays in the region. The event is free and open to the public. The discussion will be hosted by College of Architecture and Urban Studies Dean Richard Blythe.

When:  6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Where:  Moss Arts Center, The Anne and Ellen Fife Theater, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall; 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg

RSVP: Members of the media who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Bill Foy, at fwill55@vt.edu;

Interviews:  Jeremy Rifkin will be available for one-on-one interviews immediately following this event, at approximately 7:30 p.m.  He will also be available earlier in the day on Wednesday for media outlets that would like to provide advance coverage of this event.  

Speaker background: Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. He is the author of 20 books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment.  His most recent books include The Zero Marginal Cost Society, The Third Industrial Revolution, The Empathic Civilization, and The European Dream.

Contact:  Bill Foy | 540-998-0288 | fwill55@vt.edu