Economics and Theology

A conversation with Joseph Stiglitz hosted by Serene Jones

Wednesday 19 September, 2012
6pm, $0/Rsvp

Union Theological Seminary, James Memorial Chapel
3041 Broadway at West 121 Street

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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 leading 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’re 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 it will be interesting.

The 2012/13 Economics & Theology series promises to bring you unusual, probing discussions between economists and theologians about the deep questions that should guide our search for viable economic futures.

bout the Participants
Joseph Stiglitz is 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.”

Rob 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 the hedge fund “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, Prof. 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.
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