George Mason professor to speak at September Economic Roundtable

Dr. Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy and a Fellow of the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, is the first speaker for the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley this fall.

He will speak during the ERT’s luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Marietta Country Club.

Goldstone’s talk is on “How to be Realistic about Fixing the U.S. Economy in a Global Era.”

Goldstone, who earned a Ph.D. from Harvard, has won major prizes from the American Sociological Association and the Historical Society for his research on revolutions and social change, and has won grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the National Science Foundation.

He recently led a National Academy of Sciences study of USAID democracy assistance, and worked with USAID, DIFD, and the U.S. State and Defense Departments on developing their operations in fragile states.

Goldstone’s current research focuses on conditions for building democracy and stability in developing nations, the impact of population change on the global economy and international security, and the cultural origins of modern economic growth. His recent essay in Foreign Affairs, “The New Population Bomb” has received worldwide attention.

Goldstone has authored or edited 10 books and published over 100 articles in books and scholarly journals. His latest books are Why Europe? The Rise of the West 1500-1850 (McGraw-Hill, 2008; Chinese Translation 2010), and Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Paradigm, 2011).

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley is a non-partisan non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 as a result of collaboration between the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and a group 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 150 distinguished speakers who have enlightened and informed ERT members with their fascinating discussion on a broad scope of governmental, economic and social issues. 

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