Hepburn Hall

Economics Visiting Speaker Series: Dr. Michael Thomas

Please join us as Dr. Michael Thomas, Department of Economics, Utah State University, presents a talk titled: "Paternalism:  An Ancient Idea gets a Modern Twist."

Paternalism is an old idea, but it has found new favor as society discovers more so-called mistakes which could benefit from correction. More paternalism is not necessarily better policy, however. In this talk we will explore both intended and unintended effects of policy and explore the evolving theory of intervention.


Discussion: The Politics and Economics of the Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling

We are in week two of the federal government shutdown. On October 17th the government will run out of money to pay its bills unless the debt ceiling is raised by Congress. With the crisis looming in Washington, many are wondering: How did we get here? Why can't Congress and the President agree on a solution? Why did the government "shutdown" and what exactly is the debt ceiling? What does it mean if the government hits the debt ceiling or the shutdown continues?

Pi Sigma Alpha Meeting

Students who have signed up for Pi Sigma Alpha (probationary members) and current inducted members should make an effort to join the meeting. We will be discussing our future event plans for the semester before application for funding activities is due at the end of the month.

Pizza and Politics with Chris Buck: The German Election

On September 22 Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU parties won a plurality of votes in the German federal election for the third time in a row, but the Chancellor is faced with the task of forming a new coalition government. What are the implications of this change for Europe's handling of the financial crisis? In the latest installment of the Government Department's Pizza and Politics series, Prof. Buck will address this question and many more with an overview and analysis of the German election results.


SLU Amnesty International, in collaboration with the Government Department, has organized a panel discussion featuring professors from Government and History Departments to explore their different perspectives and their respective areas of expertise. The events taking place in Syria have been all over the media, yet in most cases, we are left with more questions than answers. Come hear from our own professors (Ronnie Olesker, Karl Schonberg, John Collins and Howard Eissenstat) and join the discussion on these important events.


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