Dec
2
Thu
PPE Reading Group: Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism @ Kellogg Center (820 University City Blvd)
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This semester, the PPE Reading Group will discuss Ann Case and Angus Deaton’s award-winning book, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism (2020). The book paints a troubling portrait of the American dream in decline, with dramatically increasing deaths from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism that especially affect the white working class.

Case and Deaton tie this crisis to the weakening position of labor, the growing power of corporations, and, above all, to a rapacious health-care sector. Capitalism, which over two centuries lifted countless people out of poverty, is now destroying the lives of blue-collar America. The book charts a way forward, providing solutions that can rein in capitalism’s excesses and make it work for everyone.

The reading group is (provisionally) scheduled every other Thursday from 4-5:30pm in the conference room of the Kellogg Center. Participation is open to students (whether you are already a PPE student or interested in becoming one) and select faculty.

Please sign up with Melinda Miller (millermc@nullvt.edu) to receive your book in time to read. Enjoy free pizza and soft drinks with our discussions! Please visit https://ppe.liberalarts.vt.edu/category/ppe-reading-group/ for more information.

Sponsor: Administration
Homepage: http://www.calendar.vt.edu/index.php?calendarid=clahs
Contact: Melinda Miller
E-Mail:: millermc@nullvt.edu

Feb
16
Wed
PPE Distinguished Public Lecture: Nobel Prize Winner Esther Duflo @ Virtual
Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Recent co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Esther Duflo, will deliver the 2022 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture at Virginia Tech.

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Professor Duflo is the youngest person and second woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.

At Virginia Tech, Professor Duflo will speak about her (co-authored) book, Good Economics for Hard Times, which addresses some of the thorniest social and political problems of our time.

All faculty, students, and members of the public are welcome to attend this lecture. Advance registration is required for this virtual event. Please visit the following link for more information regarding registration details: https://ppe.liberalarts.vt.edu/2021/07/12/ppe-distinguished-public-lecture-esther-duflo/

Sponsor: Administration
Homepage: http://www.calendar.vt.edu/index.php?calendarid=clahs
Contact: Michael Moehler
E-Mail:: moehler@nullvt.edu

Apr
2
Sat
PPE Discussion Colloquium: Markets and Morality
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

On April 2, 2022, the Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics will co-organize a daylong discussion colloquium for selected undergraduate students on the topic “Markets and Morality.”

Professor Christopher Freiman (William and Mary) will serve as discussion leader to facilitate an in-depth exploration of the questions and challenges raised by a set of critical, seminal readings on the topic.

Sponsor: Administration
Homepage: http://www.calendar.vt.edu/index.php?calendarid=clahs
Contact: Michael Moehler
E-Mail:: moehler@nullvt.edu

Apr
13
Wed
PPE Research Fellow Panel: Decision Theory, Behavioral Phenomena, and Network Economics @ Assembly Hall (Holtzman Alumni Center)
Apr 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

At this panel discussion, current PPE Research Fellows Daniel Hoek, Matthew Kovach, and Sudipta Sarangi will discuss their work in decision theory, behavioral economics, and network economics.

Dr. Hoek’s work suggests a novel inquisitive approach to decision theory that re-envisions the relationship between questions, choices, and beliefs, Dr. Kovach’s work focuses on behavioral economics and fundamental psychological concepts that underlie our actual choices, and Dr. Sarangi’s work in network economics analyzes the inheritance and evolution of socioeconomic relationships across generations.

Join this informal, yet intellectually rich discussion. All faculty and students are welcome to attend. Please visit the following link for more information: https://ppe.liberalarts.vt.edu/category/ppe-research-fellows/

Sponsor: Administration
Homepage: http://www.calendar.vt.edu/index.php?calendarid=clahs
Contact: Michael Moehler
E-Mail:: moehler@nullvt.edu