Forward Thinking Speaker Series presents renowned author and economist Simon Johnson

Madison, Wis. (July 27, 2010) — American Family Insurance and the Wisconsin School of Business present the next in the Forward Thinking Speaker Series, featuring Simon Johnson, one of the world's foremost authorities on the financial sector and economic crises. His presentation is titled: "The Financial Crisis — Where We've Been, Where We Need to Go."

Date: Monday, August 9
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Johnson will discuss how the recent financial crisis developed due to a rise of concentrated financial power and unregulation, and how avoiding future disasters depends on rejecting current finance ideology.

Johnson's work focuses on policymakers and how they can limit the impact of negative shocks, manage risks and maintain global stability. He is the co-author of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown.

The presentation is free and open to the public. However, space is limited so registration is required. Register online, where more information on the event and speaker is also available. Or call 265-0575 or e-mail for more information.

The Forward Thinking speaker series is a partnership between American Family Insurance and the Wisconsin School of Business to bring knowledge experts/leaders and current topics of interest to our community.