Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) presents its fifth annual M. Moran Weston II Distinguished Lecture in Urban and Public Policy at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, featuring Columbia College alumnus Joel I. Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. He will discuss "Crisis in Urban Education."
The Weston Lecture, to be held at the Kellogg Conference Center of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University, 420 W. 118 th St., is free and open to the public.
As chancellor of the city's Department of Education, Klein oversees a system of 1,200 schools, 136,000 employees and a $12 billion budget. In partnership with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, he has launched Children First, a multi-year effort aimed at significantly improving New York City's public schools.
Klein is the former Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc., and Chief United States Liaison Officer to Bertelsmann AG. Prior to joining Bertelsmann, he served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Klein also was Deputy White House Counsel to President William J. Clinton from 1993 to 1995. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College (1967) and Harvard Law School (1971).
SIPA's annual Weston Lecture brings key public leaders to Columbia to discuss important domestic policy issues. Following the inspiration of Dr. M. Moran Weston, the University's first African-American Trustee, the lectures have focused on pressing concerns such as expanding home ownership and the changing economic base of cities. U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel; Franklin D. Raines, Chief Executive Officer of Fannie Mae; Andrew Cuomo, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and Felix Rohatyn, former U.S. Ambassador to France and former Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation of the State of New York, are former Lecture speakers.