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Author: Deirdre McCloskey

Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents: Deirdre McCloskey

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Grafton-Stovall Theater

"Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World"

Deirdre N. McCloskey is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She taught there from 2000 to 2015 and was also a visiting Professor of philosophy at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Since October 2007 she has received six honorary doctorates. In 2013, she received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award from the Competitive Enterprise Institute for her work examining factors in history that led to advancement in human achievement and prosperity. Deirdre has written 17 books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistical theory to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. 

Author: russell roberts

Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents:  Russell Roberts

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall G005

"How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness."

Russell Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  Along with his weekly podcast EconTalk–hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders, Roberts is the author of several highly rated books teaching economic lessons and ideas through fiction.  His latest book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness, takes the lessons from Adam Smith’s little-known masterpiece, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and applies them to modern life.

A three-time teacher of the year, Roberts has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis (where he was the founding director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning), the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Author: Stephen Miller

Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents:  Stephen Miller

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall G005

"Income & Wealth Inequality: What's the Big Deal"

Stephen Miller is the Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise at Troy University.  Miller received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the Sorrell College if Business at Troy University.   Miller has written many journal articles, book chapters and papers on topics ranging from economic education to the ideology of economics in society as well as government.  

Stphen Miller's research with Bryan Caplan on intelligence and economic beliefs has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal’s “This Week in Ideas” column and on the Freakonomics Blog. More recently, Miller's research on Ability Bias and the external returns to education was discussed in this Carolina Journal interview.


Jayme Lemke | Jennifer Baker | Debra Stevens Fitzgerald | John Hasnas | David Colander


Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents: Jayme Lemke

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall G005

"Unlocking the Gilded Cage: Economic Rights in American Women's History"

Jayme Lemke (Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University) is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of Academic and Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow in the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Her specialization is in public choice economics, constitutional political economy, and the political economy of women’s rights. 


Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents: Jennifer Baker

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall G005

"Visible Hands: Virtue in the Market"

Jennifer Baker is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, 1995) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 2003). Her research is on virtue ethics, and she looks to ancient ethical theories as positive examples of how ethics ought to be done today. She teaches courses on ethical and political theory, environmental ethics and philosophy, business ethics, bioethics, and American philosophy.


Economics Speakers Series Presents:  Debra Stevens Fitzgerald

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall 106

"Economics Issues of Urban Planning in the Cty of Harrisonburg"

Deb Fitzgerald is an Associate Professor in Business and Economics at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Va. and was elected Chair on the Harrisonburg City Planning Commission in the 2010 elections.  She is also the treasurer and a steering committee member for the Northend Greenway project, which will bring bike paths from north Harrisonburg to downtown Harrisonburg. As the chair of the Harrisonburg Democratic Committee, Deb has a huge hand in shaping the growth and development for the city of Harrisonburg.

Author: John Hasnas

Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents:  John Hasnas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall 105

"The Failure of the Market Failure Argument"

John Hasnas is an associate professor of business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and an associate professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, whose tripartite mission is to produce high-quality research on matters related to the ethics of market activity, improve ethics pedagogy, and educate the broader, non-academic community about ethical issues related to the functioning of markets. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Lafayette College, his J.D. and Ph.D. in Legal Philosophy from Duke University, and his LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple Law School. Between 1997 and 1999, Professor Hasnas served as assistant general counsel to Koch Industries, Inc. in Wichita, Kan. His book Trapped: When Acting Ethically Is Against the Law is available from the Cato Institute.


Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents:  David Colander

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall G1

"Complexity and the Art of Public Policy"

David Colander received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has been the Christian A Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. since 1982.  In 2001-2002 he was the Kelly Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 35 books and 100 articles on a wide range of topics. His books have been, or are being, translated into a number of different languages, including Chinese, Bulgarian, Polish, Italian, and Spanish. He has been president of both the Eastern Economic Association and the History of Economic Thought Society and is, or has been, on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Journal of Economic Education.