Economics Department Speakers Series


Words & Numbers Podcast
11 a.m.
Nov. 16
Baldwin Hall 102, Little Theatre
The Foundation for Economic Education’s weekly Words & Numbers podcast co-hosted by economist Antony Davies and political scientist James R. Harrigan will record live at Truman. The topic is being determined with student input, but they are almost always controversial and the hosts often disagree. Extended Q&A about all topics will follow. Lunch will be provided.

Romina Boccia
“The Allure of Socialism”

4:30 p.m.
Nov. 18
McClain Hall 208
A majority of millennials and women report in polls they hold favorable views of socialism. Several Democrats in Congress now describe themselves as socialists. What’s behind the growing appeal of socialism? Where have market economies gone astray? This will be an engaging discussion about the philosophy and workings behind socialism and capitalism and explore which economic system is best at promoting human flourishing.

Romina Boccia
“The National Deficit and Debt”

7 p.m.
Nov. 18
Baldwin Hall 102, Little Theatre
At $22.7 trillion, the U.S. national debt exceeds the size of the entire economy by a trillion dollars. That $67,000 per person share of the national debt is larger than a typical family’s total annual income. But what does this really mean for the country? And what does it mean for you, personally? Explore the driving forces behind the growing debt and its impact on the economy and the financial future. Solving the debt crisis requires bold reforms and citizen engagement.
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