'Beautiful Mind' Author to Address OU Crowd
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Sylvia Nasar, author of the bestselling biography A Beautiful Mind, will deliver the Oakland University School of Business Administration's 22nd Gorlin Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in Varner Recital Hall.
Her elegantly written biography tells the story of John Nash, the Princeton mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia for three decades before recovering and winning a Nobel Prize in economics. The story was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, starring Russell Crowe.
Nasar recently published Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius in Modern Times, which has received rave reviews since its release. The book, which chronicles the development of modern economics from Victorian England to modern India, will serve as the topic of the author's lecture at OU.
In addition to showing how big economic ideas have allowed mankind to transcend much of the deprivation and misery of the recent past, Nasar will discuss the notion that through an ideological revolution, the bottom nine-tenths of humanity could escape poverty and nations could shape their own destinies.
Nasar is currently the co-director of the Masters of Arts in Business Journalism program at Columbia University, where she also serves as the first John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism. A former economic correspondent for The New York Times, she was also a staff writer at Fortune and a columnist for U.S. News and World Report. Her work has been featured in high-profile publications such as Newsweek and The New Yorker magazine.
The Gorlin Lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. To reserve a seat, those interested should contact Stacey Frankovich at email@example.com.
Named for the late Alice Conner Gorlin, an esteemed professor of economics at Oakland, the Gorlin Memorial Lecture is designed to promote a wider understanding of international issues and events. To learn more, visit oakland.edu/gorlinlecture.