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.
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.
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.