Hedrick Smith to Join March 3"Rules Change"Winter Study Project via Video Link

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 12, 2015—Via a live video link, Hedrick Smith ’55 will join the event “Rules Change and the American Dream: A Dialogue Across Generations” at Williams College on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. After summarizing findings from two years of nationwide speaking and listening, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and documentarian will join a dialogue with the audience—and with three Williams seniors who studied capitalism and government while working on the Rules Change Project during Winter Study.

Hedrick Smith is the author of Who Stole the American Dream?, which examined shifts in American capitalism and how they have transformed the country and affected the middle class. Smith is a former reporter for the New York Times, where he covered stories such as the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Currently, he is a producer/correspondent for the PBS show Frontline. Smith was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1974. He is a former trustee of Williams.

Rules Change is a project aiming to document people and institutions working to change the way corporations interact with government, employees, customers, communities, and the environment. Over Winter Study, political-economy majors Mitchell Prevot, Jack Atchue, and Tom Cabarle profiled six “rules change giraffes” —people and institutions who are sticking their necks out to create change in the way people interact with corporations. The students identified Smith as one such “giraffe.”

The event is sponsored by the Center for Learning in Action.

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