The Kim Thomas Interdisciplinary Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Economics in support of the Liberal Education Program theme "Connections." The goal of the series is to connect our students with leading economists in the country who can provide valuable insight into current economic issues.
The series is funded by a gift from Paul Thomas and the Intel Corporation in recognition of the contributions of Kim Thomas to the College and community.
The Thomas Series has included the following topics and speakers:
"Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption"
Jean E. Ensminger, Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Social Science
California Institute of Technology
October 15, 2014
"Jane Austen: Game Theorist"
Michael Chwe, Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles
October 30, 2013
"Art and Arithmetic: The Economics of Painting in Gilded Age America"
Kevin M. Murphy, Curator of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
November 6, 2012
"Interdisciplinary Thinking Is the Only Way We Will Solve the Great Challenges of the 21st Century"
Elizabeth Hoffman, Executive Vice President and Provost
Iowa State University
October 28, 2011
"The Economics and Politics of Stadium Subsidies in Professional Sports"
Roger Noll, Professor of Economics Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
October 21, 2010
"Poverty, Hope, and Economic Development"
James E. Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs
George Washington University
November 17, 2009
"Why Are Developing Countries So Resistant to the Rule of Law?"
Barry Weingast, Ward C. Krebs Family Professor, Department of Political Science
February 26, 2009
"The Neuroeconomics of Trust"
Paul Zak, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies, School of Politics and Economics
Claremont Graduate University
October 23, 2007
Carl Bergstrom, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
University of Washington
November 15, 2006
"Connections Between Economics and Biology"
Ted Bergstrom, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara
October 25, 2005