Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Journalist and Author Sylvia Nasar to Discuss Economics and the Role of Government
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:26

sylvia nasarThe Economic Freedom Institute (EFI) at Manhattanville College is pleased to present "Economic Freedom: The Story of Economic Genius" a lecture by journalist and author Sylvia Nasar, who will explore the grand pursuit of great thinkers whose insights transformed the world. The lecture is Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Room, Reid Castle.

The first John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University, Nasar is known for the elegance of her prose and her bestseller, A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Russell Crowe. A former economic correspondent for The New York Times, she is also the author of Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius in Modern Times, which received rave reviews following its release in September 2011.

"Dr. Nasar is a renowned speaker with the credentials and experience to deliver the kind of presentation that can make a difference in the lives of young people," said Director of the EFI Anna Gandolfi. "EFI is indeed very excited that we were able to get her to come to the Manhattanville campus and we eagerly look forward to her lecture."

The annual lecture sponsored by the EFI is designed to present perspectives on timely issues. Attendees will leave with a more confident understanding of the economic world in which they are living. Given the current economic situation, with a slow recovery from the greatest recession since the Great Depression, high unemployment and extensive government intervention in the economy, Nasar's lecture will provide an outlet for discussion on the appropriate role of government.

Trained as an economist, Nasar was a New York Times economics correspondent (1991-1999), a staff writer at Fortune (1983-1989) and columnist at U.S. News & World Report (1990). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, FastCompany, London Telegraph and numerous other publications. She has lectured frequently on topics ranging from globalization and economics to mental illness and mathematics. Nasar co-edited The Essential John Nash (2001).

She is the recipient of many honors including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography (1998) and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography (1998). She has held visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation (2006-2007), the MacDowell Colony (2006), Yaddo (2005), the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2002-2003, 1995-96); and Kings and Churchill Colleges, Cambridge University (2000). She has served as a judge for the National Book Award, Anthony Lucas Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Dow Jones Newswires, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and serves on the advisory board of TeenScreen, which is part of the Columbia University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Economic Freedom Institute (EFI) at Manhattanville provides a forum for the study, analysis, and discussion of the nature of economic freedom and its implications. It fosters the exchange and development of ideas concerning policies and programs of importance in regional, national, and international arenas. Open to a variety of viewpoints and philosophies, participants in EFI include scholars, corporate executives, and officials from labor unions, non-profit institutions, and various levels of government.

About Manhattanville College:

Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution located just 30 minutes from New York City serving 1,700 undergraduate students and nearly1,000 graduate students from 66 countries and 33 states. The student body provides more than 30,000 community service hours annually reinforcing Manhattanville's commitment to civic engagement and social action. The College offers more than 50 undergraduate courses of study, ranging from traditional Bachelor's to accelerated programs geared to adult learners. Manhattanville also offers a wide variety of Master's programs including degrees in management, Sports Business Management, and Creative Writing, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.



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