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Economics & Theology - A New Lecture Series Hosted by The Institute for New Economic Thinking & Union Theological Seminary
A conversation with Joseph Stiglitz hosted by President Serene Jones With additional comments by Robert Johnson, Betty Sue Flowers & Gary Dorrien. Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Reception to follow in the Social Hall.

Wed, 19 Sep, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Economics and Theology EventPlease join us for a new Economics & Theology lecture series beginning this fall at Union Theological Seminary.  Jointly sponsored by The Institute for New Economic Thinking and Union, this innovative series will imagine creative ways for thinking about money and markets in light of the world’s economic challenges.  The first question is the obvious one:  how do we even begin such a conversation?  We’ve decided to start by inviting Nobel Prize – winning economist Joseph Stiglitz into a conversation with Rev. Dr. Serene Jones about his thoughts on God, death, hope, happiness, mystery, suffering, value, grace, and evil.  We are then asking Robert Johnson, Betty Sue Flowers and Gary Dorrien to join the conversation as well.  We don’t know what the answers will be, but we know the dialogue will be interesting.

The 2012/13 Economics & Theology series promises to provide unusual, probing discussions between economists and theologians about the deep questions that guide our search for viable economic futures.   The series begins on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 6:00 in Union’s James Memorial Chapel hosted by Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President. Faculty and students are welcome and invited to participate in the ongoing conversation.

Registration is required. 

Due to the high level of interest in this event, registration is now officially closed. Please contact Kevin McGee at kmcgee@uts.columbia.edu or by phone at 212-280-1590 if you have any questions.

About the Institute for New Economic Thinking

The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) was created to broaden and accelerate the development of new economic thinking that can lead to solutions for the great challenges of the 21st century.  The havoc wrought by our recent global financial crisis has vividly demonstrated the deficiencies in our outdated current economic theories, and has shown the need for new economic thinking – right now. 

INET is supporting this fundamental shift in economic thinking through research funding, community building, and spreading the word about the need for change. We are already are a global community of thousands of new economic thinkers, ranging from Nobel Prize winning economists to teachers and students who have emerged out from the shadows of prevailing economic thought, attracted by the promise of a free and open economic discourse.


About the Participants

Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize – winning economist who currently serves as a professor at Columbia Business School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Economics Department, and the School of International and Public Affairs. Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration, also serving as Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000. He is the author of over 20 books including the recently released The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future.

Betty Sue Flowers is the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Previously, she was the Joan Negley Kelleher Centennial Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas. She also served as a consultant for the nationally televised series “The Power of Myth.”  

Robert Johnson is the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking as well as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. He is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy and formerly worked as a manager for “Soros Fund Management.”

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. An Episcopal priest and lifelong athlete, Dr. Dorrien is the author of 14 books and approximately 250 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history.


Registration is required.

Due to the high level of interest in this event, registration is now officially closed. Please contact Kevin McGee at kmcgee@uts.columbia.edu or by phone at 212-280-1590 if you have any questions.

Location: James Memorial Chapel
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3041 Broadway at 121 Street
New York, NY 10027
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