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Barbara Laskin

Social Entrepreneurship in an Age of Urgent Threats–Paul Light ‘75 at Macalester February 18

Paul Light

February 4, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn.– What doesSocial Entrepreneurship in an Age of Urgent Threats” mean?  It’s the topic Macalester alum Paul Light ’75 will talk about at the 29th Annual G. Theodore Mitau Endowed Lecture at 8 p.m., Thursday, February 18 in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.  Before joining NYU, he was vice president and director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution, and founding director of its Center for Public Service.  He has held teaching posts at the University of Virginia, the University of Minnesota, and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was also senior adviser to the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and director of the public policy grant program at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

He’s the author of 21 books, most recently A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It and The Search for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Annual G. Theodore Mitau Endowed Lecture honors the Minnesota scholar, educator and Macalester graduate and professor who emigrated to the U.S. from Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.