Economist Peter Orszag Slated as Featured Guest at the Ideas Festival

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Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and current Vice Chairman of Citi Investment Group, has been scheduled as a featured guest at the Ideas Festival in New York. A part of the Hamptons Institute, the Ideas Festival is presenting a program called "Spring Awakening" to discuss current issues. The program is sponsored by the Hamptons Institute's parent organization, the Roosevelt Institute, as well as by Guild Hall.

Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and current Vice Chairman of Citi Investment Group, has been scheduled as a featured guest at the Ideas Festival in New York. A part of the Hamptons Institute, the Ideas Festival is presenting a program called "Spring Awakening" to discuss current issues. The program is sponsored by the Hamptons Institute's parent organization, the Roosevelt Institute, as well as by Guild Hall.

Orszag will hold a conversation about the future of the United States of America from a financial and economic perspective. Presenting this topic with Orszag will be Steve Kroft, a correspondent for 60 Minutes. After Orszag and Kroft close their discussion, Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist from Harvard and current United Nations Deputy Special Envoy in Haiti, and Ellen Chesler, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, will discuss the current difficulties experienced by individuals concerned with health and human rights.

The Roosevelt Institute, of which the Hamptons Institute is a part, is an organization that strives to uphold the values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt through new ideas and the support of individuals who portray them. These ideas are often broad-based and have wide-spread implications—ideas that cause paradigm shifts rather than changes in the small details of legislation. A partner of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Roosevelt Institute holds events such as the "Spring Awakening" to celebrate the great thinkers of today and encourage open conversation about their ideas.

"Spring Awakening" will be held on April 16, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm at Guild Hall, which is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets to the event should call 866-811-4111 or visit GuildHall.org. The tickets are priced at $20 for general admission, though members will receive a two dollar discount.

ABOUT:

Peter Orszag is an American economist who has built up a successful yet controversial career. As the former head of the Obama administration's Office of Management and Budget and current Vice Chairman of Citi Investment Group, Orszag has explored many highly debated economic issues and offered advice to officials that has often been both accepted and rejected.

In addition to his position at Citi Investment Group, Orszag is also an avid writer and contributor to print publications. A former columnist for The New York Times, Orszag has been announced as a writer for the upcoming Bloomberg View.

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