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Minneapolis Fed to host viewing and discussion of Bernanke lectures

MINNEAPOLIS, February 29, 2012—In late March, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will teach a series of four classes on “The Federal Reserve and Its Role in Today’s Economy.” The Minneapolis Fed will open its doors for evening viewings of the lectures, followed by a dialogue on their content.

The classes, which begin March 20, are part of a course offered to undergraduates at the George Washington University School of Business. Viewings at the Minneapolis Fed will be held in the evening on the same day as the lectures, after which visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss content with Minneapolis Fed economists and staff.

“Although the Minneapolis Fed has worked with teachers for years to provide educational material, and we have lots of information available online, this marks the first time that we’ve offered such a program for the general public,” said David Fettig, director of Public Affairs. “We make many presentations about the Federal Reserve to interested groups every year, but we thought this would be a good time to invite people to the bank to learn about the Federal Reserve.”

Seating is limited and registration is required. Find more information about the location, time and content of the lectures here.

For anyone interested who can’t make it in person, the Board will webcast Chairman Bernanke’s lectures. Webcasts are scheduled for March 20, 22, 27 and 29 and will begin at 11:45 a.m. CDT. Online viewing will be available to the public on the Federal Reserve Ustream channel. After the lectures, the Board will post transcripts and video recordings on the Board of Governors web site.