Conversations & Controversies - A book talk with Deirdre McCloskey

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Prairie Lights Books
15 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

POROI co-founder and former UI faculty member Deirdre McCloskey will discuss new book Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World (University of Chicago Press). 

Deirdre McCloskey teaches economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A well-known economist, historian, and rhetorician, she has written sixteen books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. She is known as a "conservative" economist, University of Chicago style (she taught for 12 years there), but protests that "I'm a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not 'conservative'! I'm a Christian libertarian." Her latest book, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 2010), which argues that an ideological change rather than saving or exploitation is what made us rich, is the second in a series of four on The Bourgeois Era. The first was The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (2006), asking if a participant in a capitalist economy can have an ethical life.

Professor McCloskey will give a brief book talk at 7 pm, followed by informal conversation. Twenty copies of the book are available in advance at Prairie Lights Bookstore for people attending this event.

Conversations & Controversies is an occasional public book series hosted by the Obermann Center, POROI, and Prairie Lights.