April 11, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind, will give the talk, "Big Government, Small Government and the Grand Pursuit of Economic Thinkers,"  on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing series sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP).

It is co-sponsored by the O.V.W. Hawkins Lectureship Fund, the University Lectureship Committee and the Department of Economics.

Nasar is the first James S. and John L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism and co-directs the M.A. program in business journalism with James B. Stewart, Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism.

Her bestselling biography, A Beautiful Mind, has been published in 30 languages and inspired the Academy Award-winning movie directed by Ron Howard (2001).

Her most recent book, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius (2011), is the epic story of the making of modern economics, beginning with Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew observing and publishing the condition of the poor majority in mid 19th-century London, and moving through efforts of Marx, Engels, Alfred Marshal, Beatrice and Sydney Webb, and Irving Fisher as well as John Maynard Keynes, American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman, and India's Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen.

Trained as an economist, Nasar was a New York Times economics correspondent, staff writer at Fortune and columnist at U.S. News & World Report. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, London Telegraph, FastCompany, and numerous other publications.

Nasar has lectured frequently on topics ranging from globalization and economics to mental illness and mathematics. She is the recipient of many honors including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography in 1998.

"This event is one of a series of events on various topics to help educate the campus and the community on issues related to public policy," said Amy Wolaver, associate professor of economics at Bucknell, and Institute co-director.

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy supports social science research, analysis and teaching on campus and beyond. The Institute provides a forum for contemporary public policy discussion, a mechanism to support faculty-guided undergraduate research and an academic home for a future policy major and minor.

Under this interdisciplinary and cross-departmental framework, Bucknell faculty and students focus on particular policy arenas including the economy, domestic and international politics, education, health, the environment and civil society.

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