Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Student and Community reception and book signing with Robert Frank
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Event to be held in the UCCS Berger Hall (map and directions)
Robert H. Frank
Charting a Brighter Future:
Should Adam Smith or Charles Darwin Be our Guide?
Professor of Economics at Cornell University's Graduate School of Management,
regular Economic View columnist for the New York Times
Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos
Professor Frank's books include:
The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good
The Winner-Take-All Society (with Philip Cook)
The Economic Naturalist
Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke)
Falling Behind: How Inequality Hurts the Middle Class
About the ConferenceAs the United States slowly climbs out of the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the Great Recession that followed, it is important to focus on new directions to improve the standard of living -- now and for the next generation of Americans. The standard of living, as we define it, also includes widespread access to high-quality public goods (roads, schools, clean air, parks, and museums), many non-market "quality of life" factors such as health, neighborliness, community and safety, and broadly based opportunities to improve education, health and income. Popular thinking, based in part on neoclassical economics, has traditionally equated economic growth with improvements in quality of life and assumed that a "rising tide lifts all boats." The premise of this conference is that even a renewal of economic growth will not solve many quality of life, sustainability or equity issues that have been on the increase in recent decades. We are fortunate to have brought together experts from across the country to address various aspects of the standard of living in the United States and how to improve it.
~ Daphne T. Greenwood, Professor of Economics and Director, Colorado Center for Policy Studies
This event is sponsored by the Colorado Center for Policy Studies in the Economics Department of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. We appreciate the support of the Elizabeth Cushman Fund for Public Policy Research, the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the Economics Club and the Economics Department of UCCS. All sessions and events listed are free and open to the public.
Pre-registration is necessary for Friday and Saturday Sessions. PRE-REGISTER HERE
The 2011 A Brighter Future Conference is underwritten by the
Elizabeth Cushman Fund for Public Policy Research
Elizabeth Gergely Cushman (1917-2003) received a B. A. in Economics from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 1983. Her support helped many students intern at the Colorado State Capitol and encouraged Professor Daphne Greenwood to start the Center for Colorado Policy Studies in 1999. Through a generous endowment, she continues to support a variety of public policy efforts in the Department of Economics, including an annual student internship award. Liz, as her many friends knew her, grew up in Gary, Indiana and went to Washington, D. C. as a young Senate staffer before a career in the Social Security Administration. Liz was a tireless world traveler throughout much of her life, visiting the Great Wall of China and the Kremlin, as well as Bali, India, East Africa and much of Europe. Her memory lives on in the many students who return to UCCS for education in the midst of their adult lives and in her support for involving students and faculty in public policy programs. In 2007, with the support of an endowment from the late Elizabeth Cushman, the Center's mission was broadened to include economic and related policy issues facing states and communities all across America.