Author Michael Lewis to be Foundation Lecture Speaker
New York Times contributor and author Michael Lewis is the 2011 Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation Lecture Series speaker. His program is set for Wednesday, October 12, at 9:15 a.m.
Lewis, author of Liar's Poker, The Blind Side, and The Big Short, combines keen insight with his signature wit, making him one of today's leading social commentators. A renowned best-selling author, Lewis is also a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Slate and Bloomberg.
Lewis' most recent book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2010), is a darkly humorous account of how the event that was once considered impossible-the free fall of the American economy - occurred. He proves that truth really is stranger than fiction with a razor-sharp analysis of the heroes and villains that drove America's economy overboard. Lewis' most recent book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2010), is a darkly humorous account of how the event that was once considered impossible-the free fall of the American economy - occurred. A previous
book, Moneyball, has been turned into a movie to be released in late September.
A native of New Orleans, he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in art history and earned a master's degree at The London School of Economics. Prior to his career as an author, he worked with the Salomon Brothers on Wall Street and in London. He now lives in Berkeley with his wife, former MTV reporter Tabitha Soren, and their three children.
Lewis is expected to examine the era that was brought to a halt by the subprime and worldwide credit crisis. Starting with the years he chronicled in Liar's Poker, he touches on the major economic events of the last 20 years, exploring what this period was all about, how it began and how it's likely to end.
The Foundation Lecture Series was established in 1998 to bring prominent business or political individuals to the annual convention to speak on relevant topics of the day.