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Virginia Postrel - April 17, 2014

Virginia Postrel is a writer and speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of culture and commerce. She is the author of her most recent book The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, published in November by Simon & Schuster. Her previous books are The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies.
Ms. Postrel is also a columnist for Bloomberg View and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Forbes. She was also editor of Reason magazine from 1989 to 2000.
Ms. Postrel graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English.
She will be speaking on "The Power of Glamour."
See "How to Attend" for details on location and cost. For reservations and additional information, please contact Mary Ann Jozwiak at (314) 416-7722, or email discussionclub@sbcglobal.net.

 

Max Gillman - March 19, 2014

Max Gillman is Hayek Professor of Economics History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2013. He was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis before UMSL. Professor Gillman spent eight years at Cardiff Business School, with a sabbatical year in 2012 – 2013 spent as a Visiting Scholar at NYU. During the sabbatical period he visited the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Minneapolis, the U of Missouri at Columbia, U of South Carolina, CUNY, U of Chicago, SUNY Buffalo, the IMF, along with visits in the UK at Leiceister U, Durham U, Reading U, Loughborough U and at universities in Budapest and Prague. He remains a Visiting Professor at Central European U in Budapest. He also serves as a Senior Researcher at CERGE-EI in Prague and as Associate Researcher at IEHAS in Budapest.
Professor Gillman's research interests focus on monetary and fiscal theory, macroeconomic business cycles and growth, and human capital theory. His book publications are a 2011 textbook, Advanced Modern Macroeconomics, a 2009 book with a collection of published work, and the editing of a 2013 Harvard U Press book, Collected Papers on Monetary Theory, by Robert E. Lucas, Jr.
Professor Gillman received an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Economics after an undergraduate BA at the University of Michigan.
He will be speaking on "Fiat Monetary Policy as Fiscal Policy: Some History, Theory and Policy Prescription."

See "How to Attend" for details on location and cost. For reservations and additional information, please contact Mary Ann Jozwiak at (314) 416-7722, or email discussionclub@sbcglobal.net.

 

Christopher DeMuth - February 20, 2014

Christopher DeMuth is a Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He was president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research from 1986-2008 and D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI from 2008-2011. He was staff assistant to President Richard Nixon from 1969-1970 and, during President Ronald Reagan’s first term, was administrator for information and regulatory affairs in the Office of Management and Budget and executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief. From 1976-1980, Mr. DeMuth taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and directed the Harvard Faculty Project on Regulation. He has also practiced law in Chicago and Philadelphia, has been an economic consultant in Washington, D.C., and currently is a director of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and of several non-profit organizations.
Mr. DeMuth is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School.
He will be speaking on " What the Debt Really Means."

See "How to Attend" for details on location and cost. For reservations and additional information, please contact Mary Ann Jozwiak at (314) 416-7722, or email discussionclub@sbcglobal.net.

 

Charlie Brennan - January 22, 2014

Charlie Brennan is in his 25th year at KMOX and is the host of his own show. On his show he discusses national and local issues, interviews newsmakers and takes listener calls. He is also the host of KETC-TV’s Donnybrook, the highest rated locally-produced talk show on PBS. Best known for his passion for St. Louis, the St. Louis Business Journal has named him “One of the Most Influential St. Louisans” for five years in a row and “A Most Valuable Volunteer” in St Louis. The St. Louis Magazine has also called him “One of St. Louis’ 50 Most Powerful People”.
Mr. Brennan has led many successful campaigns, which include restoring medical benefits to the blind in Missouri, sending care packages to troops serving overseas, exposing litter and trash problems on downtown streets leading to the establishment of St. Louis’ Problem Properties Court, to helping raise the money on his radio show to install 27 historic plaques in the downtown St. Louis area and to plant flowers in the downtown area and along our highways. Mr. Brennan is a former recipient of the Press Club of St. Louis’ Media Person of the Year, the Downtown St. Louis Partnership’s Civic Betterment Award, and The American Society of Landscape Architects’ Civic Stewardship Award. He is also the founder of the world’s only book club requiring authors to attend its meetings.
He will be speaking on " Amazing St. Louis"

See "How to Attend" for details on location and cost. For reservations and additional information, please contact Mary Ann Jozwiak at (314) 416-7722, or email discussionclub@sbcglobal.net.

 

Paul Rubin - November 6, 2013

Paul Rubin is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics and Law at Emory University and editor in chief of Managerial and Decision Economics. He is a Fellow of the Public Choice Society and former Vice President of the Southern Economics Association. He is associated with the Independent Institute, the Progress and Freedom Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. He has taught at the University of Georgia, City University of New York, VPI, and George Washington University Law School.
Dr. Rubin has published over two hundred fifty articles and chapters in economics journals, law reviews, scholarly books, and leading newspapers including several articles in the Wall Street Journal. He has written or edited eleven books which include Managing Business Transactions (Free Press, 1990), Tort Reform by Contract (AEI, 1993), Promises, Promises: Contracts in Russia and Other Post-Communist Economies (Shaftesbury Papers, 1998), Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom (Rutgers University Press, 2002 and others. He has consulted widely on litigation related matters and has been an advisor to the Congressional Budget Office on tort reform.
Dr. Rubin received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.
He will be speaking on " Free Markets: Competition or Cooperation?"

See "How to Attend" for details on location and cost. For reservations and additional information, please contact Mary Ann Jozwiak at (314) 416-7722, or email discussionclub@sbcglobal.net.

 

Clay Calvert - October 9, 2013

Clay Calvert is Professor and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he also serves as director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses on communications and media law issues.
Professor Calvert has authored or co-authored more than 100 law journal articles on freedom of expression-related topics. He is co-author, along with Don R. Pember, of the market-leading undergraduate media law textbook, Mass Media Law, 18th Edition (McGraw-Hill), and is author of the book Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture (Westview Press).
Professor Calvert received his J.D. from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law and later earned his Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in Communication. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Title: Offensive Expression and the First Amendment: Lessons from Lenny Bruce to Larry Flynt

 

Dan Amsden - September 12, 2013

Dan Amsden is President of Automation Alliance Group (AAG), and has 40 years of experience with engineering and construction of capital programs for numerous manufacturing industries and commercial ventures. AAG provides services and systems for process control, operation management, data management, and information systems for manufacturing industries. Prior to founding AAG along with several partners in 2002, he served in senior executive positions for major US engineering and construction companies, with responsibilities for both domestic and international programs, including operations in Asia, Europe, Mexico and other Latin American companies.

Mr. Amsden graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and from the Missouri University of Science and Technology with an M.S. in Engineering Management. He is a member and past president of the Academy of Engineering Management and does periodic guest lectures. He has recently done guest lectures at the Universidad del Norte in Barranguilla, Columbia.

Mr. Amsden will be speaking on "Citizen Oversight for Accountability in Government Spending."

See "How to Attend" for details on location and cost. For reservations and additional information, please contact Mary Ann Jozwiak at (314) 416-7722, or email discussionclub@sbcglobal.net.

 

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