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University of Denver’s 2011-2012 Bridges to the Future Welcomes Erksine Bowles

Oct. 8, 2011—Erksine Bowles, a Washington insider and former White House chief of staff, will be the first speaker of the 2011-2012 Bridges to the Future season on Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Erskine Bowles will be the first Bridges to the Future speaker in the 2011-2012 season. His talk, "American Politics and Issues: The Economic Outlook," will be held at the University of Denver's Magness Arena at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 2011. Magness arena is located inside the Ritchie Center.

His talk, "American Politics and Issues: The Economic Outlook," will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the University of Denver Magness Arena.

The 2011-2012 Bridges to the Future theme is "Undercurrents of the 2012 Election."

As chief of staff, he was a pivotal negotiator in passing America's first balanced budget in decades.

Bowles also served as president of the University of North Carolina from 2005–10.

Bowles brings extraordinary experience to bear on his discussion of what leaders on both sides of the political aisle must do to resolve the current deficit crisis.

Bowles was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama to the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. He co-chaired this commission with former senator Alan Simpson. In the 1990s, Mr. Bowles served as head of the Small Business Administration, as Deputy Chief of Staff, and then as Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton.

As Chief of Staff, he was a pivotal negotiator in getting America's first balanced budget in decades. Mr. Bowles also served as President of the University of North Carolina between 2005 and 2010. Bowles brings extraordinary experience to bear on his discussion of what leaders on both sides of the political aisle must do to resolve the current deficit crisis.

To RSVP for the event, visit the reservation site. For those unable to attend in person, the speech will be live streamed on the Bridges to the Future homepage.

Bridges to the Future was created in 2002 to build a framework of programs that stimulate civic dialog and discussion among Colorado communities. Events are scheduled in each of DU's three academic quarters (fall, winter and spring).