Global Leaders in Residence Richard D. Wolff | Webster University
Global Leaders in Residence Richard D. Wolff | Webster University

Richard D. Wolff

April 8-9, 2014

Webster University and the Office of Corporate Partnerships on April 8-9, 2014 welcomed Richard D. Wolff, educator, economist and author, as the Global Leader in Residence in the College of Arts and Sciences, co-sponsored by Missouri Jobs with Justice.


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Wolff, a professor who holds multiple degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Yale in economics and history, has authored 14 books that interpret various economic conditions and historical events. He was once named "America's most prominent Marxist economist" by New York Times Magazine and is frequently quoted in print and broadcast news media. He also hosts an hour-long weekly radio show on WBAI FM 99.5 in New York. He is a professor emeritus of economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently is a professor at the New School University in New York City.

His latest book is "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism," which reviews the recent economic collapse and the political environment that spurred the financial crisis, and then offers alternatives that he believes will prevent such disasters in the near future. Other recent books include "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism" and "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It."

"A globally diverse and inclusive academic community welcomes a variety of perspectives and viewpoints," said Elizabeth "Beth" Stroble, president of Webster University. "Webster University is proud to host speakers, events, films and performances that enlarge our experience of the world."

"The preponderance of the neoclassical paradigm crowded out alternative approaches to basic economic questions in the course of the past several decades. This widely accepted methodological singularity deprived students and general audiences of the beauty of economic and academic pluralism," said Julian Schuster the provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Webster. "Richard Wolff's work provides a particular alternative to mainstream economics and invites a lively academic discourse."

In addition to his keynote address, Wolff will give a second talk on campus open to students, faculty and staff, which will be live streamed to Webster students at other St. Louis area and international campuses. In addition, he will guest teach a class at Webster and host several meetings with students, faculty and administrators. He is expected to be on campus for three days.

Click HERE to view videos of Richard D. Wolff speaking at Webster University.