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Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry

Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry


Upcoming Events

Discussion seminars in which students engage in a Socratic discussion format, to exchange and explore ideas based on a set of selected readings (ca. 150 pages). Students must apply to participate. Readings are distributed roughly one month before the event. 

"The Philosophy and Political Economy of Empire, War, and Peace"

Date: February 23/24, 2024
Time: Friday 4-9 pm - Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Harper Center
Colloquium Organizer: Dr. Christopher J. Coyne - George Mason University
Discussion Leader: Dr. Diana Thomas - Creighton University

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Date: April 19/20, 2024
Time: Friday 4-9 pm - Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Harper Center
Colloquium Organizer: Dr. Aurelian Craiutu - Indiana University
Discussion Leader: Dr. Brianne Wolf - Michigan State University

Applications will Open Soon

Our Food for Thought seminar series is a series of public talks directed at students from across Creighton's campus.

January 18, 2024, 4-5 pm at Harper 2057/58 | Dr. Bruce Caldwell (Duke University) | The Life and Ideas of F.A. Hayek

February 8, 2024, 4-5 pm Harper 4068/69 | Dr. Johanna Jauernig (University of Arizona) | The Dark Side of Competition

February 22, 2024, 4-5 pm Harper 2057/58 | Dr. Christopher J. Coyne (George Mason University) | The Political Economy of Empire and Peace.

April 18, 2024, 5-6 pm Harper 4068/69 | Dr. Yang Zhou (University of North Texas) | Language Structures and Political Ideologies.

The MIEI - Faculty Brown Bag Seminar is a research-seminar series for faculty from across campus. The goal of the seminar is to facilitate an active conversation about research among Creighton faculty, and to promote opportunities for collaboration and co-authorship, especially within the Heider College of Business.

January 19, 2024, 12-1 pm at Harper 3053 | Dr. Bruce Caldwell (Duke University) | Hayek: A Life

February 09, 2024, 12-1 pm at MIEI-Suite | Dr. Johanna Jauernig (University of Arizona) | When Goliath Sells to David: Explaining Price Gauging Perceptions Through Power

April 12, 2024, 12-1 pm at MIEI-Suite | Dr. Xiaozhou Ding (Dickinson College) | Estimation of Welfare Effects in Hedonic Difference-in Differences: The Case in School Redistricting

Our Two Flagship Spring Events...

Public Forum Spring 2024: "The Acceleration of Historical Change and Our Singular Century"

In today’s world, the advent of the Information Revolution and the ensuing rapid acceleration of technological change has upended American society and global civilization in ways that are as profound as anything we saw during the Industrial Revolution. Moreover, it looks as if we are now entering an age of permanent revolution, in which radical technological and social change – from nuclear weapons to the internet and Artificial Intelligence - cascade across the world largely nonstop as we head towards what many deem a Singularity.

In a world that seems to be spinning out of control, politics becomes much more disorienting and polarizing. Faced, apparently, with the possibility that the next century could witness either the extinction of humanity or the establishment of a global utopia, both our hopes and our fears tend to be larger than life. Today, political opponents are not just people with whom we disagree. They are people whose supposedly misguided views could destroy the planet. Do ordinary standards of political competition still apply when your opponents' policies will destroy human civilization? Should they be allowed free speech? Should they be able to organize politically even if their electoral victories would destroy life on Earth?

Join Walter Russell Mead, the Global View Columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute, for a lecture that examines the major forces transforming American society today.

Date: March 22, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Harper Center - Ballroom

Humanomics Symposium 2024: "Innovation, Religion, and the State of the World"

We live in a divided and divisive world in which political commitments have become the central battle lines that separate seemingly distinct camps. What distinguishes people in different camps are their interpretation of the facts of the world, their narratives. Religious narratives that used to unite different factions in the West have been abandoned with little hope for a clear and equally unifying successor narrative. Walter Russel Mead raises this issue of a lack of narrative to guide society in his essays “Our Singular Century” and “The A(braham) Bomb.”

During this Symposium, participants will attend the Public Forum on Friday, March 22nd, and 3 sessions to debate selected readings on "Innovation, Religion, and the State of the World". We will have students and faculty from at least 5 different Universities.

Date: March 22/23, 2024
Time: Friday 4-9 pm - Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location: Harper Center
Director and Organizer: Dr. Michael D. Thomas - Creighton University
Lunch Lecture Speaker: Dr. Carson Holloway - University of Nebraska Omaha
Closing Lecture Speaker: Dr. Rusty Reno - First Thing Magazine

Contact Information

Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry
Heider College of Business
Creighton University
Omaha, NE 68178

Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry

Phone: 402.280.1887

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