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Another Great Debate

Mankiw Bernstein.jpgWouldn’t it be nice if Dartmouth were known for a series of great debates — extraordinary intellectual confrontations between accomplished thinkers — rather than for serial scandals?

An effort in that direction seems underway. Following the Bill Ayres v. Dinesh D’Souza discussion, The Political Economy Project (PEP) and the Rockefeller Center have set up a face-to-face confrontation between Jared Bernstein (VP Joe Biden’s former Chief Economist) and Harvard Economics Professor Greg Mankiw (once an adviser to George Bush) on the timely topic of Income Inequality: What’s the Problem? What’s the Solution?

Mankiw is the author of Principles of Economics, a textbook widely used at the College.

The debate will be moderated by Professor Charlie Wheelan ‘88, who is carving out a name for himself as one of the College’s most engaging professors. Bernstein and Mankiw will talk on Monday, May 12 from 4:30pm-6:00pm in Filene.

Addendum: The Political Economy Project will be offering nine of its own courses in the 2014-15 academic year:

Summer 2014: Government 20: Foundations of Political Economy; Professor Bernard Avishai

Fall 2014: Economics 79: The Clash of Economic Ideas; Professor Douglas Irwin.

International Studies/Government (course #TBA): Violence and Political Economy; Professor Henry Clark

Winter 2015: Economics 74: The Political Economy of Development; Professor Meir Kohn.

Government 20: Virtue and Political Economy; Professor Henry Clark

Government 86.28: Montesquieu in the Enlightenment and Revolution; Professor Henry Clark.

Philosophy 1: Philosophy and Economics; Professor Ira Lindsay.

Spring 2015: Philosophy 50, Special Topics in Philosophy: Property, Markets & Capitalism; Professor Ira Lindsay.

Sociology 49.17: Religion and Political Economy; Professor Henry Clark

PEP is funded entirely by alumni contributions. To my mind, the effort is the most exciting intellectual endeavor at the College right now. If you would care to join other alumni and your humble servant in the financing effort, please e-mail PEP Director Professor Doug Irwin for more information. Your contributions will allow PEP to offer more courses and bring additional speakers to Hanover.


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