DHS Policy and Practice lecture series examines recession and recovery

On January 11th, Chad Wilkerson, the Branch Executive of the Oklahoma City office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will be giving a free public lecture on “The Economy Around Us: Recession and Recovery”. Wilkerson, who serves as the Federal Reserve’s regional economist, will look at historical business cycles and current economic trends to offer his assessment of what to expect of the Oklahoma economy as the national recovery begins to take hold. We heard Chad speak on the economy back in April and can highly recommend him as a  perceptive and well-informed presenter.

The talk, which will take place from 12 – 1 pm at the Oklahoma History Center, is part of the Policy & Practice lecture series hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management. Other speakers in the Spring 2010 series include Harvard economics professor David Cutler addressing health care reform; NPR correspondent John Hockenberry on eliminating stereotypes; and Charles Wilson of the Center for Children and Families in San Diego on the impact of childhood trauma.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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