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Version 1.1 - 2/28/2016

Third Annual
CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series

William D. Cohan

Speaking on

House of Cards

A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess
on Wall Street

Wednesday, November 18, 2009   7:30pm

Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Former Wall Street senior banker, author of two award-winning books and best-selling investigative journalist shares his insider insights into the world's current financial crisis

William D. CohanWilliam D. Cohan offers audiences a unique, close-up perspective of the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. He combines deep knowledge of the investment banking world with the fine storytelling skills of an award-winning investigative journalist.

Cohan has written two books about Wall Street. His most recent book, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, lays out in gory detail how the current financial crisis began with the collapses of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.

Cohan was a Wall Street banker for 17 years and has an insider's in-depth knowledge of investment banking. In addition to his years as associate and then vice president at Lazard Frères, he was a director in the mergers and acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch and a managing director at JPMorgan Chase.

Cohan left JPMorgan to write The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., which appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. In 2007, the book was selected as business book of the year by the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs and it was named book of the year by The Evening Standard and

"... bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today...
... selected as business book of the year..."

Cohan writes regularly for The Daily Beast, Fortune, ArtNews, and The Financial Times. His columns also have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Title Sponsor

Southern California Edison


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton Street

  • 5:30 pm: Reception/Dinner at the Walter Pyramid (For Sponsors only)
  • 6:00 pm: Doors open for Exhibits and no-host light refreshments
  • 7:30 pm: Featured Address
  • 8:45 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 9:30 pm: Book Signing / Exhibits


Parking is $5 payable on-site at the Carpenter Center


Reserved Seat: $45
With Advance Purchase
(By November 12th): $40

CSULB Faculty/Staff & Seniors : $30
CSULB Students (with ID): $20

Preferred Seating: $60
Sponsor Ticket: $100 *

* Includes Sponsor Dinner with Speaker and Sponsor Seating (Must be ordered by November 12th)

All Profits Benefit CSULB
Student Scholarships

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