Annual Oration with Dr. Sylvia Nasar, Author of A Beautiful Mind

Sponsored by The Philomathean Society, the Annenberg School for Communication, and the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences
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11 Nov 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ben Franklin Room 218, Houston Hall
Open to the Public

The highlight of the Philomathean Society’s academic year, the Annual Oration is an address to the University of Pennsylvania community from a prominent public intellectual organized by the Society. This year the Annenberg School is co-sponsoring this year's address, which will be given by Dr. Sylvia Nasar.

Following the Annual Oration will be a reception with Dr. Nasar in Philomathean Halls, College Hall from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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About the Lecture:

Dr. Nasar will be speaking on the revival of interest in Karl Marx and the myths that surround him and his economic theories. In addition to her work at Columia's School of Journalism, she is currently researching and writing a book on the subject.

"His picture is on a MasterCard. His great economics tome is flying off the shelves. Left-leaning politicians from Athens to London credit him with divining “how the system works.” Author, journalist, and professor Dr. Sylvia Nasar asks whether the mid-Victorian philosopher -- who belonged to the richest 2% but never set foot in a factory – is a good guide to the 21st century economy."

About the Speaker:

The first John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University, Sylvia Nasar is known for the elegance of her prose and her mega-bestseller, A Beautiful Mind. A former economic correspondent for The New York Times, she is also the author of Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius in Modern Times, which received rave reviews following its release in 2011.

Nasar’s international bestseller, A Beautiful Mind, won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and has been translated into over 30 languages. While working as an economics reporter for The New York Times, Nasar discovered the story of John Nash, the Princeton mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia for three decades before recovering and ultimately winning a Nobel Prize in economics. Her biography of Nash was the inspiration for Ron Howard’s Academy Award-winning film starring Russell Crowe and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Helen Bernstein Journalism Award, and the Rhone Poulenc Prize for Science Writing.

Her latest book, Grand Pursuit, is an epic account of the making of modern economics — from Victorian England to modern-day India -- and how the insights of various thinkers transformed the world. An instant New York Times bestseller, The Economist said, "Grand Pursuit deserves a place not only in every economist’s study but also on every serious reader’s bedside table." It was named The Los Angeles Times Science & Technology Book of the Year.

Nasar completed her master’s degree in economics at New York University, conducting research with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief at the Institute for Economic Analysis for four years. She has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

A writer at Fortune and columnist at U.S. News & World Report before she joined The New York Times, Nasar’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, FastCompany, The London Telegraph, and Vanity Fair. 

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