Noted economist Blinder speaks Dec. 2

Dr. Alan S. Blinder, photo by  Wilford Harewood, The Halle Institute, Emory University

Dr. Alan S. Blinder, photo by Wilford Harewood, The Halle Institute, Emory University

Alan S. Blinder, Princeton University economics professor and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will speak on the Furman University campus Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center.

His talk, “Why Does the Economy Do Better Under Democratic Presidents?” is free and open to the public. Dr. Blinder’s presentation is the 2015-2016 American Enterprise lecture sponsored by the Furman Economics Department. It is also a part of Furman’s Cultural Life program.

Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also Vice Chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network, and a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Blinder served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1994 until January 1996. Before becoming a member of the Board, Dr. Blinder served as a member of President Clinton’s original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. There he was in charge of the Administration’s macroeconomic forecasting and also worked intensively on budget, international trade, and health care issues.

Blinder is the author or co-author of 20 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy (with William J. Baumol), now in its 12th edition. His latest book, After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead, was published in January 2013 (Penguin Press). He has also written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, central banking, offshoring, and the distribution of income. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV and elsewhere.

Blinder holds degrees in economics from Princeton University, London School of Economics, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught at Princeton since 1971, and chaired the Department of Economics from 1988 to 1990. He was the Founder and either Director or Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1989 to 2011.

The American Enterprise Lecture is supported by endowed funds that were given by Marsh & McLennan, a global professional services firm that focuses on risk, strategy, and human capital. As part of this lectureship, Furman has hosted four Nobel Prize winners, four Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisors to the President, and three winners of the John Bates Clark Medal, as well as authors of notable books such as Freakonomics (Steven Levitt), The End of Poverty (Jeffrey Sachs), and In Defense of Globalization (Jagdish Bhagwati).

For more information about the event, contact Furman’s News and Information Office at (864) 294-3107.


President Davis featured in magazine article

Read Q&A with President Elizabeth Davis

Dr. Elizabeth Davis (Photo by Wayne Culpepper)

Dr. Elizabeth Davis (Photo by Wayne Culpepper)

In a wide-ranging interview with Black Box Magazine, Furman President Elizabeth Davis talked about everything from growing up in New Orleans and playing in a band with Wynton Marsalis to what it means to be Furman’s first female president. She also discussed her views on the cost and value of education as well as her vision for Furman and its surrounding community.

“None of the real challenges that our country faces can be solved in a uni-dimensional way,” Davis told Jordana Megonigal, the magazine’s publisher, “so the real leaders and the real strategic thinkers in the country are going to have to know how to approach issues from multiple points of view, or at least know how to bring the right kinds of teams together to think through providing solutions. That’s what I think the beauty of a liberal arts college is.”

For the birds

Grayson Ashby, FU in the newsWith the changing seasons come mass migrations of bird populations. Unfortunately, many birds perish during their travels when they collide with glass buildings. During the day, birds are unable to distinguish between reflection and real sky; and at night, birds mistake lights in buildings for stars, which help them navigate. Furman sophomore and biology student Grayson Ashby says, “Bird-window collisions are second only to habitat destruction in human-caused bird deaths.” But he offers ways to mitigate the number of bird deaths caused by urbanization. Read more in a piece he wrote for the Greenville News.

The Nutcracker 12/5

4 p.m., December 5, McAlister Auditorium. Tickets: $18.00.

CLP-Furman Jazz Combos Concert 12/6

8-9:30 p.m., December 6, Daniel Recital Hall. Free Admission.

CLP-Handel’s Messiah 12/4

8-10 p.m., December 4, McAlister Auditorium. Tickets: $12 adult / $10 senior / $5 student