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Distinguished Professor returns to Carbondale

September 30, 2013

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Distinguished Professor and economist Deirdre McCloskey (University of Illinois, Chicago), recipient of six honorary doctorates (including one from SIU in 2012), returned to address a captive Carbondale audience in September, speaking on the topic of capitalism in a lecture titled "The Great Enrichment, 1800 to the Present, and What It Means for Economics and Politics."

The lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy's Leys Lecture Series and the Department of Economics Vandeveer Speaker Series, was held at Shryock Auditorium on September 12, and attended by approximately 200 people.

Professor McCloskey, who has held posts teaching Economics, History, English, Communication, Philosophy, and Classics, earned her bacculaureate and graduate degrees at Harvard before launching successful careers in higher education and book authorship. She is recognized as one of the leading economists in the world, and pioneered the field of economic rehetoric with The Rhetoric of Economics and If You're So Smart, and more recently, in The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Capitalism, she offers a qualified defense of capitalism on the basis of virtue, rather than utiliatarian, theory.

She is also the author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year Crossing; A Memoir, a chronicle of her transformation from Donald (a man) to Deirdre (a woman) at age 53. Last year, SIU Carbondale awarded her an honorary doctorate at the May 2012 commencement ceremony.