Author of ‘The Death of Expertise’ to kick off Economic Roundtable speakers

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Dr. Thomas Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College, will speak about his most recent book, "The Death of Expertise" as part of the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley at noon, Monday, October 21st at the Grand Pointe Convention Center in Vienna, West Virginia.

Nichols is also an adjunct at the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies and the Harvard Extension School. He is a specialist on Russian affairs, nuclear strategy, NATO issues, and a nationally-known commentator on U.S. politics and national security. He was a staff member in the United States Senate, a fellow at CSIS and the Harvard Kennedy School, and previously taught at Dartmouth, La Salle, and Georgetown.

He is also a five-time undefeated “Jeopardy!” champion, and was noted in the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame after his 1994 appearances as one of the all-time best players of the game.

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley is a non-partisan non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 as a result of a collaboration between the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and a mix of business, civic and educational leaders. The object of the Economic Roundtable is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. Since its inception, the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley has presented the Ohio Valley with more than 200 distinguished speakers who have enlightened and informed ERT members with their fascinating discussion on a broad scope of governmental, economic and social issues. 

The ERT’s speaker series is open to its members and their guests. The ERT’s membership is open to all interested individuals at $35 a year. To join ERT, please contact Greg Delemeester at or call him at (740) 376-4630. You may find more information on the ERT at

Upcoming speakers are:

Dr. David Staley, Associate Professor and Director of the Humanities Institute at The Ohio State University, will speak on “Autonomous Capitalism,” at noon, Wednesday, November 13th, at the Marietta Country Club.

Economist and journalist Dr. Allison Schrager, who is a co-founder of LifeCycle Finance Partners, LLC, will speak about “Why Knowing About Risk is More Critical Than Ever to Understand Economics,” at noon, Tuesday, February 4th, at the Grand Pointe Convention Center in Vienna, West Virginia.

Oren Cass, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, will speak about “The Once and Future Worker: Ensuring Markets Deliver Widespread Prosperity,” at noon, Wednesday, March 4th, at the Marietta Country Club.