Václav Klaus, the former president of the Czech Republic, will speak about challenges of the 2008-09 financial crisis April 12, 5:30 p.m., at University of Richmond’s Camp Concert Hall. A reception will follow.

During his talk, “Hayek and Today’s World,” Klaus will discuss the financial crisis and the impact Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek had on him and other leaders. Hayek, winner of a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, made important contributions to political theory during the 20th century.

Klaus served as the first prime minister of the Czech Republic from 1993–97, and as the second president of the country from 2003–13. He was the principal co-founder of the Civic Democratic Party, the country’s largest center-right political party. After his presidency, Klaus was named a Distinguished Senior Fellow by the Cato Institute, an American libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

His lecture is part of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies’ Marshall Center Lecture Series, which hosts speakers from around the world to talk about leadership from an international perspective.

The program is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and can be reserved by calling the Modlin Center Box Office at 804-289-8980.

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