St. Cloud State’s Winter Institute will focus on ideas and innovation, with contributions from Deirdre McCloskey, a Chicago economist, and Corey Tollefson ’00, a retail marketing executive.
In its 55th year, the economics and business-conditions summit is Feb. 23 at St. Cloud’s 912 Regency Plaza and Feb. 24 at St. Cloud State’s Atwood Memorial Center.
McCloskey’s free, public address, “Liberal Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Make Us Rich,” is 10 a.m. Feb. 24 in Atwood Memorial Center.
A professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, McCloskey, 74, is a Harvard-trained expert on the theory of pricing, economic history and other topics. She is the author of 17 books and the recipient of six honorary doctorates.
Her 2016 book “Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World” (University of Chicago Press) caps a trilogy of books that examine global economic progress since 1800, a period she calls the “Great Enrichment.”
Born Donald McCloskey, she transitioned to female in 1995. She will discuss her personal life during a Feb. 23 luncheon address called “Adventures of a New Transwoman, 1995 – 2017.”
Free and public is the 5 p.m. Feb. 23 Economic Outlook at 912 Regency Plaza, featuring King Banaian, St. Cloud State economist and School of Public Affairs dean; Louis Johnston, economics professor, College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, and Saint John’s University, Collegeville; and Nimantha Manamperi, assistant economics professor, St. Cloud State.
Featured speaker Tollefson follows with free, public remarks at 6:15 p.m.
Tollefson was a St. Cloud State marketing major with a minor in business computer information systems. He has worked in a variety of roles in retail, including software development, license sales and product strategy. Notably, he worked 11 years at Oracle, an American multinational computer technology corporation.
Winter Institute is managed, with support from community sponsors, by these St. Cloud State entities: Center for Economic Education, Department of Economics and the School of Public Affairs.
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