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RICHARD FLORIDA OPENS LECTURE SERIES AT GEORGE MASON, 9/25

September 1, 2006
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RICHARD FLORIDA TO SPEAK AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
SEPTEMBER 25 EVENT KICKS OFF NEW LECTURE SERIES


Fairfax, Virginia, August 31, 2006—The inaugural Vision Series kicks off on September 25, 2006 when bestselling author and Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason, Richard Florida, presents The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is held in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University begins at 8:00 p.m.

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading social theorists and public intellectuals. The author of the bestselling The Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida was named one of the Best and Brightest of 2005 by Esquire magazine.

This innovative Vision lecture series opens with Richard Florida’s talk on the ideas from his latest book, The Flight of the Creative Class, which pegs the global competition for talent as the defining economic issue of the modern world economy. Florida identifies what he sees as the biggest challenge presented by this economy—the corresponding need to build more inclusive creative societies, and to tap into and reward the creativity of all.

The Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization, and a Brookings Institution special guest, Mr. Florida has taught regional economic development at Carnegie Mellon University, and has been a visiting professor at MIT and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
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All VISION lectures are free and open to the public and take place at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are required. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa/vision to reserve tickets and see the full lecture schedule, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). For information call 703-993-8888. The Center for the Arts is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa for more information on this and other Center for the Arts events.