Tuesday, February 8th, 2011...12:04 pm

Two Middlebury Professors giving M-Squared Lectures at MIIS in Spring 2011

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Put these on your calendar now! We have two excellent lecturers from Middlebury lined up for the second year of the M-squared lecture series.   In addition, Pushpa Iyer and Barry Olsen will be traveling to Middlebury to lecture and meet with colleagues there.   The M-squared lecture series is just one of many ways we will be celebrating our merger with Middlebury this year, as we continue to explore common academic ground and build communities of mutual interest on both sides of the continent.

February 17, 2011 5:15-6:50 pm, MG 100

Speaker: Professor Sarah Stroup

Lecture title: “There’s No Place Like Home: The National Roots of International NGOs”

Lecture Description: The advocacy strategies and transnational networks of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) have received substantial attention from scholars and activists.  While we now have considerable information about how INGOs can shape policies, there is much work to be done in explaining why particular INGOs choos certain strategies.  Sarah Stroup discusses how the national origin of INGOs shapes INGO advocacy and networking, with examples drawn from the United States, Britain, France and Japan.

April 19, 2011, 12:15-1:50 pm, MG 100

Speaker: Professor Jessica Holmes

Lecture title: “The Economics of Sin: What can economists tell us about the inner workings of underground markets?”

Lecture Description: Professor Holmes will explore the demand and supply interactions in the markets for crime, drugs, prostitution, pornography, human organs, etc.  She will consider whether buyers in these markets are rational and utility-maximizing and whether sellers behave like firms in legal markets.  She will also talk about the role that government plays in regulating “sinful” behavior and the consequences (both intended and unintended) of these government interventions.  The talk will assess lessons learned from domestic as well as international markets.