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lusardiAnnamaria Lusardi (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Annamaria Lusardi, the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics, will direct a new center dedicated to improving the financial literacy of the American public. The Financial Literacy Center, a partnership between the RAND Corporation, Dartmouth, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will receive more than $3 million in its first year from the U.S. Social Security Administration to develop educational materials and programs that foster saving and retirement strategies. “Americans are assuming increasing responsibility for decisions that will determine whether they have enough money to support themselves in old age,” Lusardi said. “Unfortunately, they often lack the information and skills to make good decisions.” Click here to learn more.


pressDaryl G. Press (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Nuclear deterrence may become more difficult in coming decades, argues Daryl G. Press, associate professor of government, in the October 22 issue of Foreign Affairs. Co-authored with Keir A. Lieber of Georgetown, “The Nukes We Need: Preserving the American Deterrent,” speaks to the future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Preventing nuclear escalation during a conventional war among nuclear-armed states is more difficult than deterring attacks during peacetime. The authors recommend that the U.S. retain the smallest yield weapons in its arsenal, and improve their accuracy. This bolsters deterrence by giving the U.S. the ability to make credible retaliatory threats. Otherwise, they argue, “the United States’ adversaries might conclude—perhaps correctly—that Washington’s nuclear strategy rests largely on a bluff.” Click here to learn more.


Amy AllenAmy R. Allen (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Amy R. Allen, the Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities, recently received the prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The fellowship will enable Allen to spend two semesters in Germany, where she will work on a book project exploring the relationship between power and reason in the Frankfurt School critical theory tradition. Allen says that the experience will also enhance her teaching “on critical social theory and related topics.” Click here to learn more.



Kate Conley (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69

A paper about Picasso’s controversial painting of five nude prostitutes, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, written by Kate Conley, professor of French and comparative literature and associate dean of the faculty for the arts and humanities, was published in early October by the journal Teaching Ethics. The paper, “When the Viewer’s Gaze is Returned: Teaching Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon,” focuses on how the painting has been categorized as primitivist as well as modern, and also explores the concept of “ethical looking” since the nude women appear to stare boldly back at the viewer. “I hope that students and others who view the painting will think about looking and being looked at by individuals who are different from themselves and then think about that situation in light of the painting and how intriguing it has been to critics for the better part of a century,” says Conley.


Last Updated: 1/7/10