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Economics Lecture: Why We Need the Bourgeoisie

Event Date: 04/10/2013
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: AUD720

The Economics Club - an initiative of both graduate and undergraduate students in the Roosevelt University Department of Economics - is sponsoring a lecture “Why We Need the Bourgeoisie: Virtue, Dignity, and Economic Growth” with Deirdre N. McCloskey, UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago; Professor of Economic History, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Are capitalism, globalization, and the middle class evil? A good many artists, economists, and other intellectuals in the West since 1848 have thought so. Deirdre McCloskey, an internationally distinguished economist, historian, and rhetorician shows in a three-volume book series, published by the University of Chicago Press, why the intellectuals might be mistaken.

Professor McCloskey is a highly decorated scholar. Hired by both Milton Friedman and Stanley Fish, and for many years the Chair of the Graduate Program in Economics at the University of Chicago, she has received six honorary doctorates from distinguished universities around the world. She has written sixteen books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues.

Admission is free and open to the public. Participants requiring assistance should contact Robert Jankowski ( or Professor Ziliak (; 312.341.3763).