Media Advisory: Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles to speak at Wake Forest University September 25

With just weeks until the presidential election, it is rare to find political leaders from both sides of the aisle making joint appearances unless there is an organized debate – especially in a swing state such as North Carolina.

But on Tuesday, September 25, at 6 p.m., Wake Forest University will host “American Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions with Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles” in Wait Chapel.

Simpson and Bowles were appointed by President Obama in 2010 to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a bipartisan group looking to erase the United States’ multitrillion-dollar debt.

Simpson served in the Unites States Senate from 1978 until 1997 and later was a visiting lecturer and director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Bowles joined the Clinton administration to run the Small Business Administration and eventually became President Clinton’s Chief of Staff. From 2005 until 2011, he served as President of the University of North Carolina system.

The event is free and open to the public as part of Wake Forest’s Voices of Our Time speaker series. Voices of Our Time brings to campus the world’s thought leaders—including scholars, scientists, writers, business and public policy leaders, activists and religious leaders—for discussions on the important national and international issues of our time.

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