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Summer Term Updates

On Wednesday August 9 at 6 PM, the Political Economy Project and the Thought Project are cosponsoring a summer edition of our "Monday Night Faculty-Student Dinner" held during the usual term. Our speaker will be David Henderson, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a professor of economics at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California. He will be speaking on "How Economists Helped End the Military Draft." The event will be held in Rocky 1, and we will offer an informal dinner for students. We will also be joined with visiting students from the University of Arkansas.

In addition, for those who are interested, Professor Doug Irwin from the Economics Department will be speaking on "Milton Friedman at Dartmouth" at 5pm in Silsby 312. All are welcome to attend; the informal talk is geared toward the visiting Arkansas students who are studying Friedman's work (he was a Nobel Prize winner in economics and professor at the University of Chicago, but spend much of the year at his home in Vermont near campus and often used the Dartmouth library).


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Is capitalism a system of injustice and exploitation, or a system that allows for individual freedom and prosperity?  What does it mean to have a fair and just society, the equality of legal rights or equality in the distribution of resources? What system of values is most conducive to prosperity, dignity, and happiness? How do different political and economic systems differ in their ability to achieve these objectives?  

The Political Economy Project aims to explore questions such as these—at the intersection of economics, politics, and ethics—through teaching, research, and student inquiry. Such inquiry is an important component of a liberal arts education.

The Project is emphatically interdisciplinary: it welcomes students, faculty, and visiting speakers and scholars from all disciplines, including philosophy, history, sociology, government, and economics. Participants will share a commitment to rigorous and open-minded investigation and a respectful but critical attitude toward all views.  

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Last Updated: 8/7/17