Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to give lecture Sept. 24--UPDATED


Ben Bernanke

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UPDATE: Advance tickets are no longer available following the first two days of ticket distribution. There will be open admission for any unfilled seats shortly before the event begins on Sept. 24. Individuals without tickets who wish to attend the lecture are encouraged to wait in line outside Richardson Auditorium beginning at 3:30 p.m. for open admission.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke will give a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Alexander Hall's Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus. The event is free, but tickets are required for entry.

Bernanke, who taught at Princeton for two decades before entering public service in 2005, was invited to speak by two University centers, the Bendheim Center for Finance and the Center for Economic Policy Studies.

Tickets for the lecture will be available to Princeton students beginning at noon Monday, Sept. 20, during regular business hours at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office while supplies last. Beginning at noon Tuesday, Sept. 21, tickets will be available for faculty and staff at the same location while supplies last. The ticket office will issue one ticket per Princeton University TigerCard ID, and individuals may bring up to two TigerCard IDs.

Tickets for the general public will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Richardson Auditorium Ticket Office while supplies last. Two tickets will be provided per person.

Ticketholders must be seated by 4:15 p.m., at which point seating will be opened to individuals in a wait line. For security reasons, no umbrellas or backpacks will be allowed inside the venue.

The talk will be simulcast in McCosh Hall, Room 10. No tickets are required for the simulcast, and the viewing is open to the public; food and drinks are prohibited. The lecture also will be webcast live and archived online for later viewing.

Visitors to campus should park in Lot 23 near Faculty Road and Elm Drive, and take the TigerTransit shuttle service to the venue.

Bernanke served on the Princeton faculty from 1985 until July 2005, a month after he was appointed as chairman of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers. At Princeton, he held a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and was chair of the economics department from 1996 to 2002. In January 2006, Bernanke was appointed to a four-year term as chairman of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System, taking office on Feb. 1, 2006. He began his second term as chairman on Feb. 1 of this year, and his 14-year term on the board ends in 2020.

Bernanke was the founding director of the Bendheim Center for Finance, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall. The center supports interdisciplinary research in finance, primarily from a quantitative or mathematical perspective. It offers an undergraduate certificate in finance and a master in finance, as well as advising for doctoral students in related departments.

The Center for Economic Policy Studies, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is a membership organization that supports economic policy-related research in Princeton's economics department and brings together experts in academia, business and government.