Upcoming event: 2014 John W. Pope lecture at NCSU, ‘Constitutional Structures and Political Culture,’ featuring Robert P. George

January 15, 2014

Mark your calendar for Thursday evening, February 20, when renowned political thinker Robert P. George will deliver the 2014 John W. Pope lecture at N.C. State University. George's talk is entitled "Constitutional Structures, Limited Government, and Civic Virtue." When: February 20, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Where: N.C. State University, SAS Hall, located at 2311 Stinson Drive. (Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.) A reception will follow the speech. The event is free of charge and open to the public. The John W. Pope Lecture Series is hosted by North Carolina State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Poole College of Management to encourage dialogue on topics of political and economic interest. “Quality interaction with undergraduate students is a key component of the series,” says Dr. Andy Taylor, professor of Political Science at N.C. State. “Dr. George will offer a public lecture, but will also meet with our...

Pope Lecture: Chicago economist blasts crony capitalism

April 4, 2013

Crony capitalism is destroying the foundation of the free-market system in the United States. That was the message economist Luigi Zingales brought to students at N.C. State University yesterday when delivering the 2013 John W. Pope lecture. Zingales, the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, highlighted the core arguments in his new book, A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. The native of Italy said that American capitalism has benefited from the belief among the American people that wealth inequality is acceptable provided there is room for upward mobility. That core traditional American belief has eroded in recent years; many now see the government as working against the best interests of the people. [nggallery id=zingales] The end of entrepreneurship as we know it happens when the key aim of business isn’t to satisfy customers and make a profit...

Upcoming ‘Capitalism for the People’ lecture at N.C. State

March 12, 2013

Mark your calendar for Wednesday evening, April 3, when economist Luigi Zingales will deliver the 2013 John W. Pope lecture on his new book, Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. When: April 3, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. Where: N.C. State University, Nelson Hall Auditorium. (Parking is available in the parking deck on Dan Allen Drive.) A reception will follow the speech. The event is free of charge and open to the public.   Book Summary     Born in Italy, University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales witnessed firsthand the consequences of high inflation and unemployment—paired with rampant nepotism and cronyism—on a country’s economy. This experience profoundly shaped his professional interests, and in 1988 he arrived in the United States, armed with a political...