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Brown students to host R.I. Fiscal Summit

February 20, 2013  |  Media Contact: Courtney Coelho |  401-863-7287
Brown University student group Common Sense Action will host the Rhode Island Fiscal Summit on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at noon in Alumnae Hall on the Brown campus. The event, which will address the fiscal challenges facing the United States, includes a panel discussion by local public leaders and a keynote address by Stephen Rattner, former counselor to the U.S. secretary of the treasury.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Brown University student group Common Sense Action will bring together leading public officials to talk about the current fiscal challenges facing the United States at the Rhode Island Fiscal Summit on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at noon. The event, free and open to the public with advance registration, will take place at noon in Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting St., on the Brown Campus. Registration is available online.

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Political Theory Project, the Taubman Center for Public Policy, the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Brown Undergraduate Council of Students, the Brown Democrats, and the Brown Republicans, the event will center around two questions: How can Americans from both parties come together to build a prosperous and sustainable economic future? And what lessons can Rhode Island teach the nation about solving a debt crisis?

Who

  • Brown University President Christina Paxson to deliver opening remarks;
  • Stephen Rattner, former counselor to the secretary of the treasury and steering committee member for the Fix the Debt campaign, to deliver the keynote address;
  • WPRI political reporter Ted Nesi as panel moderator;
  • Bob Weygand, former congressman now vice president of finance and administration for the University of Rhode Island;
  • Cranston Mayor Allan Fung;
  • Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce;
  • Student leaders from Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, and Roger Williams.

What
Following the opening remarks and keynote address, attendees will participate in a roundtable lunch discussion, followed by a moderated panel discussion. The day’s events will center around two questions: How can Americans from both parties come together to build a prosperous and sustainable economic future? and What lessons can Rhode Island teach the nation about solving a debt crisis? The event aims to be an educational experience, a networking event, and a call to action, where attendees can connect with speakers and fellow student leaders and use these connections as the launching point for student action statewide. The event is free and open to the public with advance online registration.

Where
Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting St.

When
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at noon

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