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An Econ Star: Doug Irwin on T-Shirts

Irwin.jpgOn Monday, September 19 at 6pm in Spaulding Auditorium, one of the Economics Department’s many stars, Professor Doug Irwin, will be discussing Pietra Rivoli’s book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy. The book (assigned reading for the freshman class) is a lively case study of the real effects of globalization: how West Texas cotton, via Shanghai and Miami, becomes a product that the author purchases in Fort Lauderdale and takes to Brooklyn, from where it departs to end up as a used garment on sale in Tanzania.

An engaging teacher, Irwin has a list of professional accomplishments and publications as long as your arm (freshmen, to check on the latter, take a look at Google Scholar: eight of his books/articles have been cited by fellow researchers over 200 times). This year alone Irwin has three books coming out: Founding Choices: American Economic Policy in the 1790s (edited with Richard Sylla) (University of Chicago Press); Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression (Princeton University Press), and Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s (MIT Press). He is also one of the academic advisers to the men’s and women’s tennis teams.

As if those achievements weren’t enough, Irwin (like Econ Professor Meir Kohn still does, and Classics Professor Paul Christesen ‘88 has done in the past) regularly holds term-long discussion groups in which students (and the occasional alumnus blogger) meet once each week over the course of a term to review a book chapter by chapter. All reading is expected to be done; active participation is required; no grades or credit are given; and a good intellectual time is had by all. Way to go, Doug.

Note: The T-shirt lecture is open, officially at least, only to the freshman class. They should not miss it.

Addendum: Dartblog can confirm incontrovertibly that as hungry for PR as President Kim may be, he will not be dancing in a wet T-shirt at Professor Irwin’s lecture.

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