Apr 01, 2011

BB&T Colloquium Series on Capitalism and CNU’s Leadership & American Studies Department Lecture

“Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World”

Lecture is free and open to the public

(Newport News, Va.) – CNU’s BB&T Colloquium Series on Capitalism and the Leadership & American Studies Department will present the lecture: “Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World” on Friday, April 8, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m. in the David Student Union Ballroom. Harvard-trained economic historian Dr. Deirdre McCloskey will discuss themes from Bourgeois Dignity, the most recent book of her multi-volume magnum opus.

The economic story of our times is not the Great Recession. It is how China and India began to embrace neo-liberal ideas of economics and attributed a sense of dignity and liberty to the bourgeoisie, which they had denied for so long. The result has been an explosion in economic growth and proof that economic change depends less on foreign trade, investment or material causes, and more on ideas and what people believe.

Considered a pioneer in her field, Dr. McCloskey holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard. She has written 14 books and edited seven more, and has published some 360 articles. Dr. McCloskey’s current project - which has already produced Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World (2010) and Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (2006) - consists of a multi-disciplinary exploration of capitalism.

For more information about the BB&T Colloquium Series, contact the Leadership & American Studies Department at (757) 594-8907 or visit professorship.cnu.edu.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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