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Neera Badhwar | Oliver Williamson | Anthony Gill | Paul Cantor | Eric Maskin

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

Koch Foundation Speaker

"Friendship and Market Societies"

Author: Neera Badhwar

Neera K. Badhwar is professor of philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. Most of her  work to date, including her just-published book, Well-Being: Happiness in an Objectively Worthwhile Life (OUP), has been in Ethical Theory and Moral Psychology. Recently, however, she has worked on topics in social-political philosophy, including the connection between community and kidney markets, the moral foundations of market societies, and the implications of empirical studies of happiness for public policy. Other research interests include International Ethics and the role of markets in promoting civic friendship and civility. Badhwar has published widely in academic journals including The Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, and Social Philosophy and Policy.  You don't want to miss Neera's Koch Foundation talk on "Friendship and Market Societies", December 4th in Zane Showker Hall.

Badhwar Book

Friday, November 14, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Grafton Stovall Theater

JIN Lecturer

"Transaction Cost Economics: Origins and Implementation"

Author: Oliver Williamson

Oliver Williamson is Professor of the Graduate School and the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of California, Berkeley. A distinguished economist, Dr. Williamson was awarded the 1988 Irwin Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management, the H. C. Recktenwald Prize in Economics for 2004, named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2007, and awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009. Of his six books and over 140 articles,  his book, The Economic Institutions of Capitalism: Firms, Markets, Relational Contracting, is said to be the most frequently cited work in social science research.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

"Should Churches Be Taxed? The Political Economy of Religious Liberty and the US Tax Code"

Author: Anthony Gill
Dr. Anthony Gill is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of Sociology at the UW, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He specializes in political economy and religion & politics, with an emphasis on church-state relations, religious liberty and religious economies.  He is author of The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge 2007) and Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 1998).  Anthony will be giving a talk on religion and politic, titled "Should Churches Be Taxed? The Political Economy of Religious Liberty and the US Tax Code". You can find more information here about Anthony on his University of Washngton profile page.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

"Shakespeare As Entrepreneur: The Case of the Blackfriars Theater"


Paul Cantor, an American literary and media critic, is the Clifton Waller Barrett Professor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Cantor has published extensively on a wide range of subjects including comparative literature, renaissance, and romanticism.

Friday, October 3, 2014 | 1:30pm | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

JIN Lecturer

"Elections and Strategic Voting: Condorcet and Borda"


Eric Maskin, a 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize winner in Economics, is the Adams University Professor at Harvard. He has laid the foundations of mechanism design theory while contributing to advances in game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy, and other areas of economics. He has taught at the Institute for Advanced Study, MIT, and is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

Maskin Book

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