Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large at Fortune magazine, will speak on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required. In his talk, entitled, "Yes, It Can Be Done: The Threat to the U.S. Economy and What to Do about It," Sloan will propose some common-sense solutions to the problems of a $16 billion federal budget deficit, rising entitlement expenses, our complex tax system and the divided, partisan national government.
Before writing for Fortune, Sloan spent 12 years as Newsweek's Wall Street editor. He also has been a columnist for Newsday and held positions with Forbes and Money magazines, among other publications. Sloan has been awarded business journalism's highest honor, the Gerald Loeb Award, seven times. He received these awards over the course of four decades in four categories for five different employers and also was awarded the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001 after 40 years in business journalism.
Sloan earned his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and his master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. Originally from Brooklyn, he lives in New Jersey with his wife. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Sloan's appearance is this year's 2013 T.W. Samuels Lecture. The T.W. Samuels Lecture Series was created in 1977 in honor of attorney T.W. Samuels, senior partner in the Decatur law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly. Samuels was active in Decatur community affairs until his death in 1989 at age 103. Samuels' sons, William J. Samuels of Menlo Park, Calif., and the late Dr. Thomas W. Samuels Jr., created an endowment fund to finance the series in recognition of their father. The endowment is used to bring great thinkers and speakers to Millikin for the purpose of community enrichment.