Economics Department Meet and Greet Event
The economics student steering committee sponsored a meet and greet event on Monday March 14 at 7:00 in the Alumni Center, Upper College Road from 6:00-8:00. A student panel discussed their experiences and answered questions. Professor Anderson gave a brief talk on “where you can take your economics degree” with “help” from his two young daughters. A splendid time was had.
Malloy on $15 minimum wage
Professor Malloy served as the economist on a panel about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. This was for the Rhode Island chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s Winter breakfast meeting. The labor and management panelists were from the Service Employees International Union and Panera Bread. His presentation can be found here: The Potential Effects of a Higher Minimum Wage_Malloy_LERA.
Talk on Democratic Socialism
On Wednesday February 24 Professor McIntyre gave a talk on “Democratic Socialism and You” to a standing room only crowd in Lippitt Hall, Room 402, at 7:00 pm. He examined the broad array of movements that gathered under the socialist banner in the 19th/20th centuries and the effectiveness of some kinds of socialism in creating progressive social change in that period. He discussed the already existing socialist elements of American life and why the expansion of those aspects of our society resonates with so many people today. You can view the talk here
Origins of Right to Work
Cedric DeLeon, associate professor of sociology at Providence College, spoke about his recent book entitled The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2015) on Monday, February 29, at 4:00 pm in the Galanti Lounge, Carothers Library. This was part of the Political Economy seminar series organized by the Economics Department and the Schmidt Labor Research Center. DeLeon-V2
Active Economics Principles
Professors Anderson, Malloy, and Yang have decided that it is time to break the mythical chains that have bound the large Principles of Economics courses to a place of lecture, test, and hope for the best. The myth that active learning is not for these classes is fueled by the fear of grading 120+ students, concern of free-riders, and, most of all, dimly lit auditoriums with fixed, linear seating arrangements. With support from the URI STEM Gateway Course Innovation program, these faculty have committed to transforming the Principles courses from “large lectures” to “large sections of active learners”.
New Study Abroad Program in Cuba
Professor McIntyre along with Professor Moakley of the Political Science have developed a new study abroad program in Havana Cuba. Taught in collaboration with the Institute of Philosophy, the program features courses in Latin American Economic and Political Development, the history of the Cuban revolution, and an independent study through which students can pursue their own interests while in Cuba. It will be offered for the first time in Spring 2016. For more information check at the program home page or contact Professor McIntyre.