Clemens lecturer to speak on how feminist theory can strengthen economics

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September 16, 2013

Nancy Folbre

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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Nancy Folbre, professor emerita of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be the keynote speaker of the 25th Clemens Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater at Saint John's University. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of her talk is, "Woman Up: How Feminist Theory Can Strengthen Economics."

Folbre researches the relationship between political economy and feminist theory, and has authored and edited several books on similar topics.

Her 2010 book, "Saving State U" (New Press, 2010) makes a case for strengthening public support for higher education in the U.S.  Folbre has also written "Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas" (Oxford University Press, 2009) and "Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of Family" (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is also a regular contributor to The New York Times Economix blog.

Folbre received her bachelor's in philosophy and master's in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and currently coordinates a working group on care work sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation.

The Clemens Lecture was founded to "further conversation on the ways that economics can speak to the larger problems of our society and culture." The lecture is designed for an audience without formal training in economics, with the intent to be practical and useful in daily life for all in attendance.

The Clemens Lecture Series is made possible by the generosity of William E. and Virginia Clemens.