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Economic theorist Glenn Loury to speak on campus

Glenn Loury, one of America’s leading critics on racial inequality policy, will speak on campus September 27 as part of the Institute for Freedom and Community’s fall series, “Discrimination and the Search for Truth and Justice.”

His conversation with Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom & Community and Professor of Religion and Philosophy Edmund Santurri, titled “Truth, Justice, and Racial Equality,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Tomson Hall 280. It is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live and available on demand online.

Economic theorist Glenn Loury will speak at St. Olaf College on September 27.

Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Economics at Brown University. He is an economic theorist who has published widely and lectured throughout the world on his research. He has published more than 200 essays and reviews in journals of public affairs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a contributing editor at The Boston Review, and was for many years a contributing editor at The New Republic. He has his own podcast called the Glenn Show in which he has had several recent episodes on the reparations debate.

Loury has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economics Association, as a Member of the American Philosophical Society and of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, and as a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Northwestern and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T.

Established at St. Olaf in 2014, the Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. Through its range of programming for students, faculty, and the general public, the Institute offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within the context of the liberal arts.

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