April 12: Augustana Symposium
The Augustana Symposium, a gathering that fosters and celebrates student research, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.
Presentations will showcase work from more than 90 students from departments across campus. There are more than 45 talks and 30 posters to choose from.
Dr. Stephanie Kelton will will provide the Symposium's keynote address titled, "Turn That Frown Upside Down: A Heartwarming Tale of Debt and Deficits in the Modern Economy," at 10 a.m. in Room 100 of the Gilbert Science Center.
An associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Kelton will introduce us to a new way of thinking about money, debt and government finance. While the national conversation is dominated by people who are preoccupied with "fixing the debt," and "balancing the federal budget," Kelton asks whether the national debt is a legitimate problem and whether balancing the budget is a sensible policy goal. She'll discuss the operational side of money creation and government finance, and she will show why balancing the federal budget might be one of the most fiscally irresponsible things our government could do. Understood in the context of the workings of the modern monetary system, her insights make it clear why Washington seems to be getting it all wrong.
For more information about any facet of the Augustana Symposium, please contact Lisa Babcock.