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The Spring 2021 FC Talks series is dedicated to our late colleague, Patrick Harless. Patrick Harless was an economist who joined the Freedom Center in 2018. He was a dedicated educator who, although his work was highly technical, was able to teach economic topics all levels of students. This memorial series brings together talks by Harless's former PhD advisor, his co-authors, and our own faculty.

Juan Moreno-Ternero is Professor of Economics at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. April 29, 2021

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 11:38

Interview Hoarding

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series is dedicated to our late colleague, Patrick Harless. Patrick Harless was an economist who joined the Freedom Center in 2018. He was a dedicated educator who, although his work was highly technical, was able to teach economic topics all levels of students. This memorial series brings together talks by Harless's former PhD advisor, his co-authors, and our own faculty.

Vikram Manjunath is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. March 18, 2021

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 11:33

Understanding Originalism

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series presents Tina Fernandes Botts.

Tina Fernandes Botts is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno.  She has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School.  Her areas of specialization are philosophy of law, philosophy of race, hermeneutics, and feminist philosophy.  In the philosophy of law, she writes about constitutional theory and law and society.  In the philosophy of race, Professor Botts publishes about the nature of racial identity, particularly mixed race identity.  Professor Botts has published three books, including an academic monograph, For Equals Only: Race, Equality, and the Equal Protection Clause (Lexington Books, 2018), which traces the changing concepts of race and equality in U.S. Supreme Court cases over the past 150 years.  She is also the editor of Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience, published by Lexington Books in 2016, and is the co-author, with Rosemarie Tong, of the fifth edition of Routledge’s classic text in feminist philosophy, Feminist Thought, published in 2017.  Professor Botts is currently at work on a textbook in the philosophy of race, to be published in 2022 by Rowman & Littlefield, International:  Philosophies of Race: Classical and Contemporary Approaches. In her talk, she will argue that the legal doctrine of originalism, properly understood, necessarily includes tailoring constitutional interpretation to the needs of the interpretive moment, context, or jurisprudential need.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. April 22, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 16:35

Redistributive Taxation and Social Contract Theory

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series presents Charles Delmotte.

Charles Delmotte is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the NYU School of Law’s Classical Liberal Institute. His research uses methods from political philosophy and insights from political economy to analyze tax policy. He has conducted research at the Department of Political Economy at King's College London, at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Economics (Munich), and here at the Freedom Center, and we are happy to welcome him back.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. May 6, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 16:33

Flipping a Coin to Determine Priorities

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series is dedicated to our late colleague, Patrick Harless. Patrick Harless was an economist who joined the Freedom Center in 2018. He was a dedicated educator who, although his work was highly technical, was able to teach economic topics all levels of students. This memorial series brings together talks by Harless's former PhD advisor, his co-authors, and our own faculty.

William Phan is a Research Assistant Professor of Economics at North Carolina State University. His research is in microeconomic theory and the design of mechanisms to allocate and exchange resources. Just like Patrick, he earned his PhD under the supervision of William Thomson. William and Patrick co-authored "On Endowments and Indivisibility: Partial Ownership in the Shapley-Scarf Model" (Economic Theory, 2020) as well as the working paper "Efficient Mixtures of Priority Rules For Assigning Objects." In his talk, William is going to present his joint work with Patrick.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. April 8, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 16:30

Corporate Conformism

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series is dedicated to our late colleague, Patrick Harless. Patrick Harless was an economist who joined the Freedom Center in 2018. He was a dedicated educator who, although his work was highly technical, was able to teach economic topics all levels of students. This memorial series brings together talks by Harless's former PhD advisor, his co-authors, and our own faculty.

Saura Masconale is an Assistant Professor and Director of Outreach here at the Freedom Center. Saura is a PPEL scholar whose interests range widely, from corporate governance and the role of fairness in the corporation to, more broadly, the relationship between legal institutions, inequality and efficiency. Her most recent work examines the role of the public corporation as a producer of moral goods and aims at showing that a hybrid regime where both the government and corporations are in charge of producing such goods is desirable. For her FC Talk, Saura is going to present a paper on corporate conformism, which Patrick gave her valuable feedback on.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. March 25, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 16:28

A Social-Status Rationale for Repugnant and Protected Market Transactions

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series is dedicated to our late colleague, Patrick Harless. Patrick Harless was an economist who joined the Freedom Center in 2018. He was a dedicated educator who, although his work was highly technical, was able to teach economic topics all levels of students. This memorial series brings together talks by Harless's former PhD advisor, his co-authors, and our own faculty.

Romans Pancs is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He is the author of Lectures on Microeconomics: The Big Questions Approach (MIT Press). With Patrick, he co-authored "A Review of Robert Sugden's Community of Advantage" (Journal of Economic Literature, forthcoming) as well as "A Social-Status Rationale for Repugnant and Protected Market Transactions," the latter of which will provide the basis for his FC Talk.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. March 11, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 16:25

Moral and Aesthetic Agency at the Intersection of Art and Economics

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series is dedicated to our late colleague, Patrick Harless. Patrick Harless was an economist who joined the Freedom Center in 2018. He was a dedicated educator who, although his work was highly technical, was able to teach economic topics all levels of students. This memorial series brings together talks by Harless's former PhD advisor, his co-authors, and our own faculty.

Robert Gordon is an Assistant Professor of General Studies at the Fred Fox School of Music and affiliated with the Freedom Center as well as the Center for Buddhist Studies here at the U of A. He is the Program Manager of the American Culture & Ideas Initiative and organizes The Voices of Culture Lecture Series. Before Patrick's passing, he and Robert were co-developing a seminar on Arts, Economics, and Entrepreneurship, which Robert is going to talk about in his presentation.

(Annibale Carracci, "The Choice of Hercules," 1596)

Abstract: This talk explores the overlapping space within the concepts of culture, economics, and morality (think of a Venn diagram with three circles). One way to approach these topics together is to unpack their shared language and contemplate how the terminologies common to these fields intersect with lived experience. Terms like “value,” “agency,” and “success,” or phrases such as “time is money” and “net worth,” can mean different things in different disciplines. But does that imply that they mean different things to a person ensconced in a common culture where these fields exist simultaneously? Or, do people inflect such concepts in their daily lives as they psychologically navigate the panoply of choices that exist in the cultural landscape of contemporary life? This talk meditates on various aspects of culture, economics, and moral life with respect to identity, self-worth, and aesthetic judgment.  

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 16:22

How to Divide When There Isn’t Enough: From Aristotle, the Talmud, and Maimonides to the Axiomatics of Resource Allocation

The Spring 2021 FC Talks series is dedicated to our late colleague, Patrick Harless. Patrick Harless was an economist who joined the Freedom Center in 2018. He was a dedicated educator who, although his work was highly technical, was able to teach economic topics all levels of students. This memorial series brings together talks by Harless's former PhD advisor, his co-authors, and our own faculty. 

William Thomson is the Elmer B. Milliman Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, and Patrick completed his PhD under his supervision. He is the author of Guide for the Young Economist (MIT Press), which has been translated into four languages. From 2003 to 2008, he was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Game Theory, and from 2004 to 2006 he was president of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare. His talk is going to be based on his recent book How to Divide When There Isn’t Enough: From Aristotle, the Talmud, and Maimonides to the Axiomatics of Resource Allocation (Cambridge University Press).

Abstract: When a firm goes bankrupt, how should its liquidation value be divided among its creditors? Taking as a starting point several examples of situations of that type discussed in antiquity and medieval times, I will use the adjudication of conflicting claims over a resource as a vehicle to introduce the axiomatic approach to economic design. The central position underlying the approach is that solution mappings are not God-given; rather they are the object of choice. The approach consists in the formulation of criteria of desirability of solution mappings and in the study of their compatibility when imposed in various combinations. I will review the central principles that have been invoked in the development of this research program and discuss its do's and don't's.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom by Lucy Schwarz. Please contact Lucy for details if you are interested in attending or if you wish to be added to our listserv.

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12:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 16:08

Dr. Andrew Foster, Ghana and the Roots of Deaf Education in Africa

Civil right movements commonly invoke the social justice work of Black American icons, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, and Dr. Maya Angelou, but leave out that of lesser known Black, intersectional heroes, such as Dr. Andrew Foster. Dr. Andrew Foster (1925-1987) was a Deaf African American missionary educator who worked 30 year at the intersections of disability, religion and Pan-Africanism to establish among the first 32 schools for the d/Deaf across 13 post-colonial African nations. Foster tragically died in the 1987 Rwanda airplane accident. Deaf communities in Africa and the United States, soon after, lionized him as the “father of d/Deaf education in Africa”, but chroniclers of history largely ignored Foster and treated as invisible his contributions to d/Deaf education. After waiting more than two decades to read a historical treatment to Foster’s work, I decided to research and write one myself. I wanted to know: 1) Who was he?; 2) What were his goals?; 3) How did he accomplish his goals?; 4) What is his legacy?; and 5) What can be learned, taught and applied from his work? This talk will explore answers to this six-year ethnohistorical investigation on Foster’s life, work and legacy.

Joel Runnels is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Freedom Center and Fulbright Specialist at the University of Ghana’s Department of Linguistics.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom.  For this talk, the U of A's Disability Resource Center is generously providing American Sign Language interpretation. Here are instructions for how to best navigate ASL on Zoom: https://drc.arizona.edu/students/asl-zoom.

For more information, please email Lucy Schwarz.

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12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Dec. 3, 2020

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 13:54
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