World Affairs Council of Lakes Region presents “The Global Great Recession: Causes and Effects” on April 15

The new World Affairs Council of the Lakes Region will present "The Global Great Recession: Causes and Effects" on Thursday, April 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Viola George Auditorium of Alfond Hall on the Saint Joseph's College campus. The event is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science at the college.

Guest speaker Geoff Gattis, executive vice president and chief credit officer of Bath Savings Institution, will deliver remarks on "Reforming Financial Regulation." Gattis has been with Bath Savings for 19 years. Perhaps most colorful among his decisions for its public impact was his research and approval of the original loan for Becky's Diner, a well-known fixture on the Portland waterfront.
Gattis earned his B.A. from George Washington University and his MBA from The American University in Washington, D.C. He is the immediate past President of the Board for Coastal Enterprises Inc., and serves on the Board of Maine Real Estate and Development Association and as treasurer of the United Way of Mid Coast Maine.

Saint Joseph's accounting professor Christopher Bond, a certified public accountant and member of the bar, will speak on "Lehman Brothers: Transparency, Concealment and the Public Good." Bond has worked with both TD Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in federal and state taxation. A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, he pursued graduate degrees at the University of New Hampshire and University of Maine School of Law.

The program will also feature a 25-minute video program on "The Global Credit Crisis" from the Foreign Policy Association, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to providing the public with informed opinions on world affairs. The program examines origins of the economic downturn as well as the prognosis for recovery, and places the events of the recession in a historical perspective. Video commentary will be provided by Dr. Roger Kubarych, Senior Fellow in International Economics and Finance, Council on Foreign Relations, and Dr. Mark Calabria, Director of Regulation Studies, Cato Institute, with further analysis by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), World Bank President Robert Zoellick and others.

Discussion moderator is Dr. Steve Aylward, a professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Saint Joseph's. He is a retired Army officer who specialized in foreign relations, and coordinated an international conference series among Asia-Pacific nations and the first military humanitarian assistance missions into Laos after the Vietnam War era. Dr. Aylward holds a master's degree in International Relations from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

The event is free and open to the public. Discussion and light refreshments will follow the speakers. For more information, call 893-7723.