Social Security at 75: The Legacy and Vision

Jun 21, 2010, 13:01 ET from National Academy of Social Insurance

WASHINGTON, June 21  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance:


A day-long forum to celebrate and reflect on the legacy and vision of Social Security and its importance as a critical income security program that must be preserved and strengthened. Sessions include keynote by Peter Orszag of OMB and a debate between Dean Baker and Douglas Holtz-Eakin on "Can We Afford Social Security?" and discussions of Social Security's impact on communities of color. Visit for a full agenda.

This event is co-sponsored by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development's Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative and the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).


Tuesday, June 22, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Speakers Include:

  • Peter R. Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., U.S. House of Representatives
  • Kilolo Kijakazi, The Ford Foundation
  • Eric Rodriguez, National Council of La Raza
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women
  • Michael Graetz, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Sessions Will Explore:

  • How did Social Security evolve over the first 75 years?
  • What is its role as an economic stimulus? As a drain on the federal budget?
  • How do America's diverse families and elders rely on Social Security?
  • What are the attitudes toward Social Security by the growing population of color?
  • What improvements are needed for workers of color and women?

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development ( is a national research, consulting and legal organization dedicated to building economic health in disenfranchised communities. It is leading a national effort to close the racial wealth gap in the United States for the next generation.

The National Academy of Social Insurance ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

SOURCE National Academy of Social Insurance