Renowned Economist and Global Technologist to Elaborate on Current Trends

UPDATED Feb. 25, 2012: Due to a scheduling problem, Jeremy Rifkin will not be able to be in Ogden Feb. 28. As a result, the Buehler Lecture and all other events planned for Mr. Rifkin's visit have been canceled.

OGDEN, Utah – Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and bestselling author of 17 books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, society and the environment, will speak Feb. 28 at noon at Weber State University. 

Rifkin will be addressing current economic and business trends as part of WSU’s Vernon M. and MaRee Buehler Leadership Lecture and Ralph Nye Executive Lecture Series.

The event will be held in the Wattis Business Building Smith Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Named one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy, Rifkin, along with his sustainable development team, advises governments and global corporations on best practices that address the challenges of climate change and energy security.

Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In the past 30 years, he has lectured at more than 200 universities in more than 30 countries.

The Buehler Leadership Lecture is offered each year as part of the $1 million endowment given to WSU in September 2006 to establish the Buehler Leadership Chair in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics.

Vernon Buehler had a distinguished 27-year military career that began prior to World War II and included stints in India and Korea. Upon retiring as a colonel, he joined the faculty at Utah State University, where he taught business administration for more than 20 years and founded the COB Partners Program. After retiring from USU, Buehler nursed his wife of 50 years, MaRee Clawson, until her death from Parkinson's disease in 1990.

During the 1990s, he joined WSU's School of Business & Economics as a consultant engaged in enriching its international programs, and later taught at institutions in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Buehler holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Utah State Agricultural College, an MBA from Harvard and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University. His philanthropic and charitable activities continue to keep him busy.

Arrangements for the appearance of Jeremy Rifkin were made through BigSpeak Inc., Santa Barbara, Calif.,

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