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Free Market Speaker Series

Each semester we invite speakers from the business and academic world who address the underlying principles of a market economy. Students, faculty, alumni, and the Charleston business community are invited to attend our events.

Fall 2018

Prof. Thomas Leonard: "Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and the Progressive Era Origins of the Administrative State"
October 30, 2018; 3:30pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium

About the talk
Illiberal Reformers tells the story of the progressive reformers who led the Progressive Era crusade to dismantle laissez-faire, and who remade American economic life with a brand new instrument of reform, the administrative state. Who were the progressives? How did they manage to persuade the powerful to adopt their theories of how the economy worked, and how best to govern it? What made the progressive reformers illiberal, and, in particular, how did their ideas about race and government regulation of human heredity inform their program? How much do the progressive ideas and institutions of 100 years ago matter today?

About the speaker

Thomas C. Leonard is a historian of economics at Princeton University, where he is Research Scholar in the Humanities Council, and Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Princeton has twice awarded him the Richard D. Quandt Prize for teaching excellence, and he has taught a generation of Princeton students to understand economic ideas in their historical, legal and ethical contexts.

Professor Leonard is a leading scholarly authority on American economic life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries – its participants, theorists, and regulators. He is best known for his book, Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era. In 2017, the History of Economics Society awarded Illiberal Reformers the Joseph J. Spengler Prize for book of the year. Illiberal Reformers has been reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View, and The New Republic, and by more than forty other general interest and scholarly journals. 

Thomas Leonard

Dr. Siri Terjesen: "Entrepreneurship & Markets"
November 13, 2018; 5:30pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium

About the talk
Dr. Terjesen will speak on entrepreneurship and markets.

About the speaker
Dr. Siri Terjesen is Professor and Dean’s Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at American University’s Kogod School of Business and Director of the AU Center for Innovation (AUCI). AUCI was recently designated by the AACSB as one of the world’s top 20 university-based entrepreneurship centers to spotlight and has recently obtained status as a NSF I-Corps site (one of 70 university-based sites across the country). Concurrently she is a Professor .2 at the Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshøyskole: NHH) in Bergen, Norway ( Siri received her undergraduate education at the University of Richmond (1997), her Masters at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway (2002) as a Fulbright Scholar, and PhD at Cranfield University in the UK (2006). She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (2006-7).

Siri Terjesen

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