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UMass conference to feature Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith

Smith is the author of the best-selling book “Who Stole the American Dream,” which traces the decline of America’s middle class and offers a set of recommendations for change. He’s a former Washington bureau chief for the New York Times and an Emmy-winning PBS documentarian.

Smith’s talk, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium, is part of a conference called “Rules Change: Resetting the Playing Field for Corporations, People and Democracy.” Smith’s talk will include a question-and-answer session, along with Robert A.G. Monks, a corporate governance and shareholder rights activist. Friday’s kick-off will include a pre-recorded video of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

The event is open to the public and is organized by the UMass Donahue Institute at the request of U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., who will be a special guest at the event.

The goal of “Rules Change” is to assess mainstream ideas for changes in the way American corporations are regulated, managed and compete in five key areas: influence, measurement, ownership, accountability and governance.

While Smith’s talk is free, the full three-day conference requires pre-registration. For details, visit ruleschange.org.

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