Former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp will deliver the seventh annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, “An American Renaissance for the Gulf Coast,” on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Graduate School of Design’s Piper Auditorium. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. in Stubbins Room, Gund Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The founder and chairman of Kemp Partners, a strategic consulting firm that seeks to provide clients with counsel, relationship development, and marketing advice, Kemp was co-director until July 2004 of Empower America, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy and advocacy organization he co-founded. Prior to his work with Empower America, Kemp served for four years as secretary of housing and urban development. In September 2001, Kemp helped form the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to counter terrorist propaganda efforts. He has also been writing a weekly syndicated column for the Copley News Service nationwide since February 2000.
Kemp received the Republican Party’s nomination for vice president in 1996 and since then has campaigned nationally for reform of taxation, Social Security, and education. In 1995, Kemp served as chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform.
The lecture commemorates the life and work of the late John T. Dunlop, Lamont University Professor Emeritus of Harvard University from 1985 to 2003, and U.S. secretary of labor during the Ford administration. In a lifetime career dedicated to improving labor-management relations, Dunlop’s arbitration and negotiation led to celebrated dispute resolutions in academia, industry, and government.