A new “Economist of the Month” lecture series at William Woods University will kick off Tuesday, Sept. 21, as Dr. Steve Huenneke, assistant professor of economics, discusses the heroic life of American economist, Dr. Paul H. Douglas.
The lecture, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, will be the first in a series that Huenneke says will go deep into the lives and times of some notable economists. It is free and open to the public.
This aim for further recognition comes from a blog project Huenneke had developed at previous teaching positions in the form of an online Almanac page, showcasing people from a wide range of intellectual disciplines.
He no longer maintains that blog, but still uses excerpts from it in various classes to show that a university is more than simply a means of achieving a degree, but is rather an intellectual city – an idea he wants to bring across with these lectures.
The series will consist of seven lectures. The economists to be discussed were chosen according to their impact on society, how much they ought to be remembered and how interesting their lives were.
“We, without really thinking about it, fail to pay honor and respect to those who have helped build the world that we now inhabit,” said Huenneke.
The series is designed to overcome this, and to show a different side of what some see as a dull topic.
“I am going to have a lot of fun with this,” he said.