Professor, author, and public figure Dr. Robert Reich will be honored on Friday, Oct 5, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, at the Women’s Faculty Club at UC Berkeley as part of the “Women and the Spirit of the New Deal” conference. The former U.S. Secretary of Labor will receive the Intelligence and Courage Award from the Frances Perkins Center.
Frances Perkins was the first woman appointed to a U.S. Cabinet. Selected by FDR as his Secretary of Labor, she served through the Great Depression, winning such hallmark legislation as a minimum wage, a 40-hour work week, unemployment compensation, and Social Security. It was Perkins who said “[…] a government should aim to give all of the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.”
The Perkin Center’s award and Reich’s talk are a highlight of the 2-day conference, which features leading authors, scholars, historians, activists, and those in public life. The public is invited to attend the conference presentations and Reich’s talk for a donation to the Living New Deal. Seating is limited and registration is required. Find more information and registration details here.