April 16, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Geoffrey Schneider, associate professor of economics at Bucknell University, will give the annual Class of 1956 Lecture Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, "Fomenting a Class(room) Revolution: Overthrowing Hierarchy and Promoting Intellectual Engagement," is open to the public without charge.

In the lecture, Schneider will discuss his experiences in stepping outside the traditional classroom structure to promote student-led courses, service learning and other cutting edge pedagogies.

Inspirational teaching

Established by the Class of 1956 as a graduation gift to the university, the lectureship is awarded to a member of the faculty in recognition of inspirational teaching.

Schneider was cited for sustaining "a record of superior and committed teaching in the fields of economic development and international economics. Known for his carefully crafted courses, he challenges his students intellectually. His Capstone course. 'South Africa: Apartheid and After,' is a highly innovative seminar which explores South Africa's history through the disciplines of history, economics, film studies, poetry and literature."

A graduate of Northwestern University, Schneider holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With Bucknell since 1995, he also serves as director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Bucknell.

He recently published new editions of two textbooks: Economics: A Tool for Critically Understanding Society with Bucknell professors Jean Shackelford and Steve Stamos and Tom Riddell of Smith College, and Introduction to Political Economy with Bucknell professors Charles Sackrey and Janet Knoedler.

His current research projects include papers on comparative institutional advantage and economic systems.

His research interests include radical political economy, African economic development, economic history, history of economic thought, and comparative economic systems and pedagogy. Course offerings include economics, economic principles and problems, African economic development, political economy, comparative economic systems, and a Capstone course on apartheid in South Africa.

Posted April 16, 2007