Venue: St. Louis Community College - Meramec Left Bank Books and St. Louis Community College at Meramec present Alan S. Blinder. One of the wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers offers a masterful narrative of the financial crisis and its lessons. With bracing clarity, Blinder shows how the U.S. financial system, which had grown far too complex for its own good, experienced a perfect storm beginning in 2007. Blinder currently teaches at Princeton University where he is the co-director of Princeton's Center for Economic Policy Studies. He was also President Clinton's first Council of Economic Advisors and the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.