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The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis

March 20–29, 2012 George Washington University School of Business

Chairman Bernanke's College Lecture Series

This month, Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will deliver a four-part lecture series about the Federal Reserve and the financial crisis that emerged in 2007. The lectures are being offered as part of an undergraduate course at the George Washington University School of Business.

Live video of each lecture will be available to the public at www.ustream.tv/federalreserve. Transcripts and video recordings will be made available following the series

Lecture 1: Origins and Mission of the Federal Reserve
In this lecture, the Chairman will explain the functions of central banks, the origin of central banking in the United States and the early experience of the Federal Reserve in dealing with a serious financial crisis—the Great Depression.
Watch live on March 20, 2012 at 12:45 p.m. ET (11:45 CT)

Lecture 2: The Federal Reserve after World War II
In this lecture, the Chairman will outline developments in central banking from World War II to the recent financial crisis.
Watch live on March 22, 2012 at 12:45 p.m. ET (11:45 CT)

Lecture 3: The Federal Reserve's Response to the Financial Crisis
In this lecture, the Chairman will describe the policy responses by the Federal Reserve and others that sought to restore financial stability in the wake of the crisis and recession.
Watch live on March 27, 2012 at 12:45 p.m. ET (11:45 CT)

Lecture 4: The Aftermath of the Crisis
In this lecture, the Chairman will review the monetary policy responses to the recession and the sluggish recovery from the downturn. He will also examine the impact of the crisis on financial regulation and central bank practices.
Watch live on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 p.m. ET (11:45 CT)