SALZMAN LECTURE SERIES – 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
6:00 pm – Light Refreshments
6:30 – Program followed by Q&A
Bringing Faith to Bear:
Days of Slaughter: Inside the Fall of Freddie Mac — and Why It Could Happen Again
Author Susan Wharton Gates, PhD, will share experiences and insights as a former vice president of public policy at Freddie Mac in the lead up to the 30-percent collapse of house prices and subsequent government takeover of her company in 2008.
Over a 10-year period, Susan had been the chief writer of CEO testimony to Congress, giving her a birds-eye view of the competing ideological and political cross currents that contributed to the crisis and are still rife today. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017, her first-person account explains the tensions and fateful choices made by homeowners, as well as government and business leaders, and laments the lack of ethical reasoning and moral courage amid mounting risk.
Today Susan splits her time between teaching business and public policy ethics in Virginia Tech’s graduate programs, and running a small business called Vintage Picnic on Maryland’s eastern shore. Susan and her husband Peter reside in Vienna, are the parents of three grown children, and are members of Christ Church Vienna.
About the Salzman Lecture Series
This lecture series was established in 1998 to honor the memory of Lewinsville elder and outstanding Presbyterian layman, Howard Salzman. The annual lecture is an opportunity for reflection on three areas central to Howard’s own ministry: public affairs, global missions, and Christian education. Howard was an active contributor to evolving Presbyterian issues and programs during his 25 years at Lewinsville. In addition to his service as commissioner to the National Capital Presbytery, he was also vice chair of the Global Mission Ministry Unit of the General Assembly.
Professionally, Howard’s career included serving as an economist for the Pan American Union, and later, as a program executive for the Organization of American States. When he retired, he was Director of the Office of International Cooperation.
Previous lecturers have included: Jim Wallis, E.J. Dionne, Glenn Tinder, LeRoy Walters, Katherine Marshall and Philip Wogaman.