March 1, 2017 • Anonymous
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Manhattanville College’s Economic Freedom Institute will bring economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth to campus to speak on, "How Your Government Is Biased Against You - and What You Can Do About It," as part of the institute’s new lecture series on Sunday, March 5.
The lecture will be based on her most recent book “How Washington Is Betraying America's Young,” which received the Sir Anthony Fisher International Memorial Award. Her lecture will continue the discussion about the difficulties that American millennials face when trying to enter the work force, young adults not having the same opportunities as past generations, and the government’s involvement in the process.
Anna Gandolfi, director of the Economic Freedom Institute, attended a lecture of hers and knew that she would be a good fit for the Institute and asked her to be a speaker. “She was a most engaging speaker and I think will really appeal to our students as well as to a more diverse audience,” Gandolfi said.
The Economic Freedom Institute (EFI) was founded over 25 years ago by the late Professor Edward Ryan, a past chair of the Manhattanville College Economics, Finance and Management Department. According to Gandolfi, “the EFI 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.”
The goals of the EFI also match Furchtgott-Roth’s economic philosophy. “Her research and writings are directly relevant to the subject of economic freedom. More government regulation and control mean less freedom for the citizens of the country,” Gandolfi said.
After earning a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, Furchtgott-Roth pursued a career in economics and is currently a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in Washington D.C. She has also written numerous books over her career and is a frequent presenter at conferences. Furchtgott-Roth is known for her discussions on the economic progress of women in America, gender policies, the effect of green jobs on America's Economy, and other topics.
The lecture series hopes to make the Economic Freedom Institute welcoming to students and faculty of other disciplines by inviting “scholars who study many different topics, some directly related to economic freedom and some more indirectly related to it,” says Gandolfi. “The main purpose of the EFI is to serve the students.”
The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the West Room of Reid Castle, and will be followed by a Q&A session and reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.
Written by: Katherine Matuszek ‘19
School of Arts and Sciences
Anna GandolfiDiana Furchtgott-RothDepartment of Economics Finance and ManagementThe Economic Freedom Institute