Past Public Lectures

Hayek Lecture: Jeffrey Miron, Harvard University CANCELED

Hayek Lecture: Jeffrey Miron, Harvard University CANCELED
Public Lecture
Thursday, October 14, 2021
CANCELED

Hayek Lecture: Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center, "Climate Change and Effective Policy: Is Alarmism Wasting Trillions?"

Hayek Lecture: Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center, "Climate Change and Effective Policy: Is Alarmism Wasting Trillions?"
Public Lecture
Thursday, February 25, 2021
5:00 PM EST
Location: Online

Climate change is real and its impacts are mostly negative, but Bjorn Lomborg of the Copenhagen Consensus Center says that common portrayals of devastation are unfounded. In this lecture, Professor Lomborg outlines how to establish a rational climate policy in the context of many other, competing global issues.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is a think-tank that researches the smartest ways to do good. For this work, Lomborg was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. His numerous books include False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic...

Hayek Lecture: David Skarbek, Brown University: "The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies around the World?"

Hayek Lecture: David Skarbek, Brown University: "The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies around the World?"
Public Lecture
Thursday, August 27, 2020
6:00 PM
Location: Online

Many people think prisons are all the same—rows of cells filled with violent men whom officials rule with an iron fist. Yet, life behind bars varies in remarkable ways. Drawing on economics and a vast empirical literature on legal systems, David Skarbek, associate professor of political science at Brown University, explains why life on the inside varies in such fascinating and novel ways, and also how social order evolves and takes root behind bars.

Mary S. Morgan, London School of Economics CANCELED

Mary S. Morgan, London School of Economics CANCELED
Public Lecture
Thursday, April 23, 2020
3:30 PM
Location: 314 Allen

Jeff Miron, Harvard University: Hayek Lecture CANCELED

Jeff Miron, Harvard University: Hayek Lecture CANCELED
Public Lecture
Monday, April 13, 2020
4:30 pm
Location: 139 Social Sciences

Most societies outlaw drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Mainstream political discussion rarely challenges this policy, but theory and evidence indicate that drug prohibition causes far more harm than drug use itself.  This talk makes the case for legalizing all drugs, with particular applications to recent state marijuana legalizations, the opioid crisis, and the vaping “epidemic."

E. Roy Weintraub, Duke University, "STS and Economics: An Informal History" CANCELED

E. Roy Weintraub, Duke University, "STS and Economics: An Informal History" CANCELED
Public Lecture
Friday, March 27, 2020
3:30 PM
Location: 314 Allen

Lecture in the series "Economics and STS II" organized and sponsored by Duke's Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory.

Hayek Lecture: Charles Whitaker, Northwestern University, “Conflict and Crisis: How the Digital Revolution Upended Journalism and Democracy"

Hayek Lecture: Charles Whitaker, Northwestern University, “Conflict and Crisis: How the Digital Revolution Upended Journalism and Democracy"
Public Lecture
Monday, February 17, 2020
4:30 PM
Location: 139 Social Sciences

The digital revolution upended the media paradigm in ways that have both advanced and harmed society as we knew it. On the one hand, it democratized the production and dissemination of content, nullifying the influence of gatekeepers who once controlled the flow of information in print and across airwaves. But it also enflamed our tribal passions, allowing us to burrow into echo chambers that confirm our biases and stoke our grievances. And it hastened the dismantling of local and regional news outlets that served a vital function in the promotion of community and...

Peter Arcidiacono, Duke University: Hayek Lecture, "Legacy and Athlete Preferences at Harvard"

Peter Arcidiacono, Duke University: Hayek Lecture, "Legacy and Athlete Preferences at Harvard"
Public Lecture
Monday, November 18, 2019
4:45 pm
Location: 139 Social Sciences

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, New York University: Hayek Lecture, "The Game of Worms: Europe's Secularization and Economic Ascent Centuries Before Luther"

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, New York University: Hayek Lecture, "The Game of Worms: Europe's Secularization and Economic Ascent Centuries Before Luther"
Public Lecture
Thursday, October 17, 2019
4:45 pm
Location: 139 Social Sciences

In this lecture, Professor Bueno de Mesquita will question the impact of the Protestant Reformation, arguing that it was not a major driver either of northern Europe's economic success or of the decline of Roman Catholicism's sway in Europe. Rather, both, along with Europe's secularization and creation of sovereign states, were predictable products of the Concordat of Worms (1122).

Jonathan Anomaly, Hayek Lecture, "Editing Embryos: Private Choices and Public Goods"

Jonathan Anomaly, Hayek Lecture, "Editing Embryos: Private Choices and Public Goods"
Public Lecture
Monday, April 15, 2019
4:30 pm
Location: 130 Social Psychology

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