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Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities

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Speaker:

Professor Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

Date:

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location:

Building 260, Room 216

Type:

Lecture

Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities

The DLCL Writing and Money Research Unit invites you to join us for the upcoming talk:

Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities

Professor Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

Monday, October 23 at noon
Pigott Hall (Building 260 in Main Quad), Room 216
RSVP here  (lunch provided)
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Economists have persuaded themselves that their discipline has achieved the status of a hard science and so they make policy recommendations with great confidence, which repeated failures does not diminish. In their book CENTS AND SENSIBILITY: WHAT ECONOMISTS CAN LEARN FROM THE HUMANITIES, Morton Schapiro and Gary Saul Morson argue that standard economic modeling can take us only so far, and that economists could benefit from insights gleaned from the humanities. The talk will describe three areas where such insights would help.

This event is co-sponsored by the DLCL Writing and Money Research Unit, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

For any questions, please contact the graduate student coordinators: gbadica@stanford.edu andlauramen@stanford.edu and Faculty Coordinator Prof. Joan Ramon Resina (jrresina@stanford.edu).
 
Gary Saul Morson is an American literary critic and Slavist. He is Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University. He was Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania for many years prior to leaving for Illinois. Saul Morson's work ranges over a variety of areas: literary theory (especially narrative); the history of ideas, both Russian and European; a variety of literary genres (especially satire, utopia, and the novel); and his favorite writers -- Chekhov, Gogol, and, above all, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. He is especially interested in the relation of literature to philosophy. Professor Morson typically works on a number of projects at once and is currently working on a study of the Brothers Karamazov. Professor Morson has won "best book of the year" awards from the American Comparative Literature Association and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages; he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and he is the only Northwestern professor to have held simultaneously two endowed chairs, one for research and one for teaching. Some of his selected publications include: Prosaics and other provocations; Empathy, open time, and the novel; The Long and the short of it: From aphorism to novel (top 5 finalist for the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa); Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time; Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics (co-authored with Caryl Emerson); Hidden in Plain View: Narrative and Creative Potentials in "War and Peace."