Lloyd Blankfein Cancels Barnard College Appearance

Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., listens during a speech at the CARE conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Blankfein agreed to be a prosecution witness in Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam's insider trading trial this week, said a person briefed on the matter. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2011 Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein was supposed to address Barnard students on Thursday as part of a lecture series called "Power Talks." However, according to an announcement recently posted on the school's website, a scheduling conflict has gotten in the way of the chat. Sounds like much of the Columbia University community won't be too disappointed:

Barnard students were planning a week of workshops to coincide with Mr. Blankfein’s talk. According to The Columbia Spectator, students called the series “School the Squid,” a reference to Matt Taibbi’s “vampire squid” characterization of Goldman Sachs in his now-infamous Rolling Stone take-down.

“CU Activists were planning a teach-in outside the Barnard gates to explain why he is not a responsible citizen nor a role model,” Yoni Golijov, a Columbia student, told The Spectator. Two other groups were reportedly planning simultaneous protests.

Several Twitter users had also picked up on Mr. Blankfein’s planned appearance in connection with Occupy Wall Street. “Who wants to give Goldman Sachs’s CEO a few problems on October 12?” wrote user @Austingst.

Whether or not the cancellation was directly related to the demonstrations — either those planned for Morningside Heights or the ongoing Financial District situation — is obviously unclear, though organizers have said that if the event is rescheduled, the new date would “probably not be this fall.”

Amid Protests, Blankfein Cancels College Talk