Econ in English: Tax policy

Tonight is my second Econ in English session of the semester.  I spend 10-15 minutes putting an economic issue into context (e.g. tax policy, the role of the Federal Reserve) and then another 45-50 minutes answering audience questions on the topic.  I enjoy it and invite anyone (not just CSB|SJU community members) to join us. Here is one of the pictures I'll use tonight: If you want to … [Read more...]

Don’t think

I like to keep particular books near me when I’m working. I find their presence comforting even when I don’t open them for months at a time. As they often do, one of these books jumped out at me yesterday: Breakfast at the Victory: The Mysticism of Ordinary Experience, by James P. Carse.  In the opening essay, Carse tells the story of the Victory Luncheonette; the essence of the story is in … [Read more...]

GOP debates and Jerry Springer

I often wake up in the middle of the night, usually for 30-45 minutes.  I listen to the radio to put myself back to sleep and usually it’s the BBC World Service on MPR that's playing.  I find it soothing to listen to the calm delivery of a variety of stories from around the world. Early Friday morning I woke up and heard something completely different: the BBC played excerpts from Thursday’s … [Read more...]