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The Education of an American Dreamer

Stated Meeting, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Introduction: Peter Nicholas (6 min.) is Cochair of the Academy Trust and a member of the Academy’s Investment Committee. He is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Boston Scientific Corporation, the world’s largest medical device company dedicated to less-invasive therapies. Previously, he served as General Manager of the Medical Products Division of Millipore Corporation and held a variety of positions, both domestically and internationally, at Eli Lilly. He has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at his undergraduate institution, Duke University, and as a Member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.
Speaker: Peter G. Peterson (25 min.) is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Blackstone Group, a private investment banking firm he co-founded in 1985. He recently launched the Peter G. Peterson Foundation to target “undeniable, unsustainable and untouchable” threats to the nation’s future and to future generations of Americans. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, founding Chairman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. and founding President of The Concord Coalition. Mr. Peterson was the Cochair of The Conference Board Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise with John Snow, formerly Secretary of the Treasury. He was also Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2000 to 2004. Prior to founding Blackstone, Mr. Peterson was Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers (1973–1977) and later Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb Inc. (1977–1984). He was named Secretary of Commerce by President Nixon in 1972. Mr. Peterson is the author of several books, including Running On Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It; Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform America–and the World; Will America Grow Up Before It Grows Old?; Facing Up: How to Rescue the Economy from Crushing Debt and Restore the American Dream; and, his recently published memoir, The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street and Beyond. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.
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Conversation (17 min.)

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