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Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of 'The Fed', will be in conversation with Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, at an event in London on Monday 1 October.

This is one of a number of events in the LSE Hay 'Reading the Future' lecture series, being organised in conjunction with the Hay Festival. Howard Davies spoke at the Hay Festival, Hay on Wye, Wales, in May, and LSE Professors Fred Halliday and Paul Preston will take part in Hay's partner festival in Segovia, Spain, in September.

Alan Greenspan served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1977. In 1987 president Ronald Reagan appointed him chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. This event will also mark the launch of his new book The Age of Turbulence (September 2007, Allen Lane).

Prior to joining LSE, Howard Davies was chairman of the UK's Financial Services Authority from 1998 to 2003. He also served for two years as deputy governor of the Bank of England after three years as director general of the Confederation of British Industry. He wrote and presented a BBC Radio 4 special, The Greenspan Years|, broadcast in January 2006 to mark Mr Greenspan's retirement.

Howard Davies said: 'A conversation with Alan Greenspan is always fascinating. This one promises to be even more so, given current US and world finance markets. We're delighted to have this event as part of our Reading the Future series.'

In Conversation with Alan Greenspan will take place on Monday 1 October 2007, 6.30-7.45pm, at the Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2.

Ticket information

Free tickets for LSE students and staff will be available on a first come, first serve basis from 8am on Monday 1 October. LSE identification cards will be required (offer letters for those new students who have not collected their LSE student card will be accepted) and tickets will be limited to one ticket per person. Details of where these tickets will be available from will be made available at www.lse.ac.uk/events| in the second half of September. Details of a video link venue for this event will also be released later in September.

Tickets for LSE alumni and the general public cost £20 and can be purchased from the Hay Festival website now. Box office tel: 0870 990 1299.


There will be limited press seats. To reserve a press seat on a first come, first served basis, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7107 5025 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


Media partner for this event is The Banker| - at the forefront of financial publishing since 1926.

For more on the Hay Festival, click here|

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4 September 2007