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Sept. 13, 2010

Registration under way for UI symposium, 'Balanced Lives: Best Policies for the New Economy'

Polls say Americans want it all: rewarding, well-paying jobs, healthy, stable and secure lives, modest material comforts, and adequate time for friends, family and community. But for many, the reality is quite different.

At the upcoming symposium "Balanced Lives: Best Policies for the New Economy," Oct. 20-22 at the University of Iowa, experts from government, academia, business and the community will explore ways to make life more rewarding in a sustainable way moving forward in a changing economy. This two-day symposium will allow attendees to learn the opinion of leaders in the country and to voice their own perspectives on the topic as part of an effort by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the State of the USA nonprofit institution to develop new metrics for the productivity and well-being of the country beyond the Gross Domestic Product.

This symposium will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 20 with a free and public lecture featuring nationally recognized speaker Chris Hoenig, who will discuss the State of USA/NAS initiative. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium, in the UI Main Library.

The first full day of the symposium, Thursday, Oct. 21, will bring together panels of leading experts to discuss the importance of providing citizens with the time and flexibility for family, civic and community activities. Emphasis will be on demonstrating market-based benefits to providing this flexibility, as well as public policy options.

The day will end with an evening lecture by Juliet Schor, author and faculty member at Boston College, who will discuss her research pertaining to creating a sustainable future, with highlights from her new book: "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth." The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public in the Iowa Memorial Union's First Floor Main Lounge.

Facilitated workshops on Friday, Oct. 22 will allow Iowans to provide input, through facilitated small-group discussions, into the metrics being developed by State of the USA and the National Academy of Sciences. There will also be discussions about the establishment of a Best Policies Online Institute.

This symposium is sponsored by the Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy at the Public Policy Center, and the Department of Leisure Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at the UI.

Registration cost is $50 per day or $75 for both days. Students and seniors can register for $25 per day or $40 for both days. Lunch is included with registration.

For more information and to register, see:

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,