Past Public Lectures

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

Hayek Lecture, "Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations," Robert Lawson, Southern Methodist University

Hayek Lecture, "Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations," Robert Lawson, Southern Methodist University
Public Lecture
Monday, February 4, 2019
4:30
Location: 130 Social Psychology

Hayek Lecture Series- "Captured Economy," Steve Teles, Johns Hopkins University

Hayek Lecture Series- "Captured Economy," Steve Teles, Johns Hopkins University
Public Lecture
Monday, October 22, 2018
5:00pm
Location: Social Sciences 139

Hayek Lecture Series: "Free Market Liberalism is Humane," Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago

Hayek Lecture Series: "Free Market Liberalism is Humane," Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
Public Lecture
Thursday, February 22, 2018
5:00pm
Location: Social Sciences 139

Deirdre McCloskey taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2000 to 2015 in economics, history, English, and communication. A well-known economist and historian and rhetorician, she 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. She is known as a “conservative” economist, Chicago-School style (she taught in the Economics Department there from 1968 to 1980, and in History), but protests that “I’m a literary, quantitative,...

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