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Bridges to the Future series kicks off with Erskine Bowles

Erskine Bowles will be the first speaker in the 2011–12 Bridges to the Future season.

His talk, “American Politics and Issues: The Economic Outlook,” will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the University of Denver Magness Arena.

Bowles was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama to the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. He co-chaired the commission with former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming. In the 1990s, Bowles served as head of the Small Business Administration, deputy chief of staff and chief of staff for President Bill Clinton.

As chief of staff, he was a pivotal negotiator in passing America’s first balanced budget in decades.

Bowles also served as president of the University of North Carolina from 2005–10.

Bowles brings extraordinary experience to bear on his discussion of what leaders on both sides of the political aisle must do to resolve the current deficit crisis.

The theme for the 2011–12 Bridges to the Future lecture series is “Undercurrents of the 2012 Election.”

To RSVP for the free event, visit the reservation site. The speech will be live streamed on the Bridges to the Future homepage. Magness Arena is served by light rail. Visit the RTD site for more information.

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