January's Thursday Forum explores wealth, poverty of nations

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8613 or lzingula@coe.edu

2012-12-20 16:20:21 - General

Waking from a long winter's nap, the Thursday Forum lecture series at Coe College resumes in January with a series on national wealth and poverty.

The opening forum of 2013 will examine the basic facts about economic growth around the world and explore some of the various hypotheses that have been put forward as explanations for the wealth and poverty of nations. Specific topics offered by Economics Professor Phillip Garner will include the determinants of labor productivity, governance, trade, geography, foreign aid, and what the economic future may hold.

The series begins Jan. 10 and runs for four consecutive Thursdays. Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. The cost is $30 for a four-week course paid on the first day, or $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Thursday Forum gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "The Wealth and Poverty of Nations" - Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31.
  • "Women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates" - Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28.
  • "Contemporary Energy Issues" - March 7, 14, 21, 28.
  • "Great American Film Directors of Hollywood's 'Golden Age'" - April 4, 11, 18, 25.