Lloyd Blankfein Cancels Barnard College Appearance

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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.



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.”

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 [DealBook/NYT]