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Author: David Colander

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.

Author: Debra Fitzgerald

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.


Carol Graham | Alice Rivlin | John Hasnas | Todd Zywicki | Shruti Rajagopalan

Author: Carol Graham

Economics Speakers Series Presents:  Carol Graham

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Godwin Hall 382

"The Pursuit of Happiness in the U.S. Campared to Other Countries:  Inequality, Agency, Optimism and Life Chage"

Carol Graham is a senior fellow and the Charles Robinson Chair at the Brookings Institution, a College Park professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and the author of numerous books, papers, and edited volume chapters. Graham has written extensively and is considered an expert on issues including poverty, inequality, insecurity, the political economy of market reforms, subjective well-being, and the economics of happiness.


JIN Lecture Series Presents:  Alice Rivlin

Monday, March 16, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Madison Union Ballroom, Warren Campus Center

"Health and Health Care: Can We Improve Both at Sustainable Cost?"

Alice M. Rivlin is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at Brookings, a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University and the director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. She recently served as a member of the President’s Debt Commission, was founding director of CBO, served as OMB director and was Federal Reserve Vice Chair. She is an expert on fiscal and monetary policy and is the recipient of the 2013 Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance, awarded by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Author: John Hasnas

Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents:  John Hasnas

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 5:00 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:  Todd Zywicki

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall 107

"Consumer Credit and the American Economy"

Todd Zywicki is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In 2009, Professor Zywicki was honored as the recipient of the Institute for Humane Studies 2009 Charles G. Koch Outstanding IHS Alum Award. Since 2006 he has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. From 2003–04, Professor Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. He teaches in the area of Bankruptcy, Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Associations, Law & Economics, and Public Choice and the Law. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law.

Gilliam Center Speakers Series Presents:  Shruti Rajagopalan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Godwin Hall 354

"Private Cities:  Case Studies from India"

Shruti Rajagopalan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York, Purchase College. She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 2013 from George Mason University and was most recently a Bradley Visiting Researcher in the Department of Economics at New York University. Shruti's broad area of interest is the economic analysis of comparative legal and political systems. Her research interests specifically include law and economics, public choice theory, and constitutional economics. Shruti is currently working on the economic analysis of amendments to the Indian Constitution. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and books. She also enjoys writing in the popular press and has published opinion editorials on Indian political economy in The Wall Street Journal, Mint, The Hindu: Business Line, and The Indian Express.