Dr. Richard K Vedder to Speak at Two Forums on UU Campus

URBANA, Ohio (February 13, 2012) - Urbana University and The BrownRidge Foundation invite the public to hear presentations by the 2012 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Richard K. Vedder. On the evening of Tuesday, February 21, at 7 p.m. Dr. Vedder will present a program entitled, “American Exceptionalism” followed by a reception.

Then on Wednesday from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., Dr. Vedder will continue the conversation during a Brown Bag Luncheon. Attendees may bring a lunch or purchase items at the White Family Grill on the main level of the Student Center. Both programs are in the Urbana University Student Center’s Sara Landess room. There is no charge for these special programs. The building and meeting room are handicapped accessible.

Dr. Richard Vedder, a distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, has written extensively on labor issues, authoring such books as The American Economy in Historical Perspective and, with Lowell Gallaway, Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America.

Vedder has written more than one hundred scholarly papers published in academic journals and books, and his work has also appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investor's Business Daily, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today.

Vedder was an economist with the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, with which he maintains a consulting relationship. He served as the John M. Olin Visiting Professor of Labor Economics and Public Policy at the Center for the Study of American Business at Washington University in St. Louis and taught or lectured at many other universities.

As director for The Center for College Affordability & Productivity in Washington D. C., he studies higher education financing, labor economics, immigration, government fiscal policy and income inequality.

The BrownRidge Foundation was established in January 2003 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to foster commitment to community through fostering well-being and good citizenship in a democratic republic by expanding knowledge of the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs.

During his visit to Urbana University, Dr. Vedder will meet with Urbana University students in Dr. Rachel Wilson’s micro economics classes and Mr. Ryan Enlow’ s political science class.

For more information, contact Christina Bruun-Horrigan, Director, University Relations, at 937-484-1354 or cbruunhorrigan@urbana.edu .

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