Liberal economist, Republican strategist to speak at Duke

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Republican political strategist  Karl Rove are scheduled to speak at Duke in coming weeks. On Nov. 27 at the Sanford Institute’s Fleishman Commons, Krugman will discuss his new book, Conscience of a Liberal, which calls for new policies to address the nation’s economic inequalities. [more]
On Dec. 3 in Page Auditorium, Rove will engage in a dialogue with political science Professor Peter Feaver and answer questions from the audience. [article]

New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman to Speak at Duke

Columnist Paul KrugmanDURHAM, NC—New York Times columnist Paul Krugman will discuss the links between political partisanship and economic inequality on Nov. 27 at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Fleishman Commons and is free and open to the public.

In his new book, Conscience of a Liberal, Krugman combines social and political analysis with historical commentary to examine connections between political ideologies and economic trends, from the Gilded Age to the present. He maintains that New Deal policies created postwar prosperity and that the time is ripe for a return to liberalism.

“My generation grew up in a nation of strong democratic values and broadly shared prosperity. But both those values and that shared prosperity have been slipping away,” says Krugman. “We can reverse that trend. Political and economic reform turned the oligarchic America of the Gilded Age, a place of vast inequality, bigotry and corruption, into the imperfect but far better society of the postwar era. The challenge now is to do again what the New Deal did: to create institutions that will support and sustain a decent society.”

A New York Times op-ed columnist since 1999, Krugman is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton and Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics.  The Asia Times recently labeled him “the Mick Jagger of political/economic punditry.” He is the author of more than 20 books, including the best-seller, The Great Unraveling, and the textbook, International Economics: Theory and Policy (currently in its seventh edition), considered the standard on international economics without calculus.

Krugman earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT in 1977 and taught at Yale, MIT, University of California-Berkeley, the London School of Economics and Stanford University before joining the Princeton faculty in 2000. From 1982 to 1983, he spent a year working at the Reagan White House as a staff member of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Krugman’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Regulator Bookshop of Durham. Copies of Conscience of a Liberal will be for sale at the event. The book signing will begin at 7 p.m. Parking is available for a fee in the visitor lot on Science Drive or the Bryan Center parking lot and garage. For directions, please visit the Sanford Institute web site: www.sanford.duke.edu/about/location.php

For more information contact: Allison Rosenstein | 613-7312 | allison.rosenstein@duke.edu