Bloomsburg University to host Harvard professor for Fall Economics Lecture Series

For Immediate Release

Date: Oct. 23, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications

Bloomsburg University to host Harvard professor for Fall Economics Lecture Series

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s will host Harvard University professor Benjamin Friedman Ph.D., for its fall Economics Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. in Mitrani Hall at the Haas Center for the Performing  Arts. Friedman will speak on the “The Economic Threat to American Politics and Society: Slow Growth, Inequality, and Automation.”

Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, and former chairman of the Department of Economics at Harvard University.  His best-known books are “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth and Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After.”  He has also written or edited fourteen other books and more than 150 articles in professional journals, aimed primarily at economists and economic policymakers.  He is also a frequent contributor to publications reaching a broader audience.

Mr. Friedman's current professional activities include serving as a director of the Private Export Funding Corporation, a trustee of the Pioneer Funds, and a director of the Council for Economic Education.  He was also a long-time director and member of the editorial board of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  Among other distinctions, he has received the George S. Eccles Prize, awarded annually for excellence in writing about economics; the John R. Commons Award, given every two years in recognition of contributions to economics; and the Medal of the Italian Senate.

Friedman joined the Harvard faculty in 1972. Before then he worked with Morgan Stanley & Co., investment bankers in New York. He had also worked in consulting or other capacities with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Mr. Friedman received the A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University; during his graduate study at Harvard, he was a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. In addition, he received the M.Sc. degree in economics and politics from King's College, Cambridge (U.K.), where he studied as a Marshall Scholar.

Among other awards, he was the 2005-06 recipient of the John R. Commons Award, presented every two years in recognition of achievements in economics and service to the economics profession, and in 2008 he received the Medal of the Italian Senate.

The Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Economics sponsor the series.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and new Honors College.