October 03, 2006

Vandeveer Lecture Series focuses on economic

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Expert economists will share their knowledge with students during the Vandeveer Lecture Series, sponsored by the economics department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

"The Vandeveer Lecture Series offers the opportunity for our graduate and undergraduate students to hear lectures on economic topics by some of the leading scholars in the field,” said Richard L. Grabowski, chair of the economics department. “They also can learn about the kinds of cutting edge research our own faculty is involved in.”

Sajal Lahiri, who holds the Vandeveer Chair in Economics, organizes the program. The late philanthropist W.W. Vandeveer, a University alumnus, donated Ashland Oil and Refining Co. stock, leading to the creation of the endowed chair in 1960.

The free lectures are open to the public and they take place in Faner Hall, room 4135. The fall schedule follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m.: Ben C. Zissimos, Vanderbilt University assistant professor, “Why Are Customs Unions Regional?”
  • Oct. 20, noon: Thomas M. Mitchell, SIUC associate professor, “How Are Internet Transactions Made Secure?”
  • Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: Daniel A. Primont, SIUC professor, “Morishima-Cross Elasticity of Substitution.”
  • Nov. 3, 3 p.m.: Zsolt L. Becsi, SIUC assistant professor, “Mortal Conflict and Capital Accumulation.”
  • Nov. 10, 3 p.m.: Mahbub Morshed, SIUC assistant professor, “Current Account Imbalances, Capital Accumulation and Foreign Investment: A Theoretical Analysis of Interrelationships and Causalities.”

Creating citizen-leaders with global perspectives is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.