William D. Cohan to Speak at Williams College on "Why Wall Street Matters"

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 20, 2017—Author William D. Cohan will speak at Williams College about “Why Wall Street Matters” on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Cohan will speak about his new book, Why Wall Street Matters, in conversation with Jerry Caprio, William Brough Professor of Economics and chair of the Center for Development Economics’ executive committee. While often critical of the bad behavior that plagued much of Wall Street leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, Cohan says he is “alarmed by the vitriol directed at the bankers, traders, and executives who keep the wheels of our economy turning.” As an ex-banker, he is considered an expert on the sector’s inner workings, and has used this insight to write his books. According to Cohan, Why Wall Street Matters “is a timely and trenchant reminder of the good these institutions do…and the dire consequences for us all if the essential role they play in making our lives better is carelessly curtailed.”

Cohan is a former senior Wall Street mergers and acquisitions investment banker, working for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan Chase. He is a New York Times bestselling author of three non-fiction books about Wall Street, Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, and The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. He is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has a weekly opinion column for BloombergView. He also writes for The Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic, ArtNews, The Irish Times, The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine. Cohan is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Development Economics and the Department of Economics.


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