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International Conference on Marxian Theory to Host Symposium at Creighton University on Current Economic Crises

Creighton University will host a symposium titled “The Current Economic Crisis and its Roots: Perspectives from the USA and Europe,” at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in room 3023 of the Mike and Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St. The event is free to the public.

The symposium speakers are Riccardo Bellofiore, professor of political economy, at the ‘Hyman P. Minsky’ department of economics in Bergamo, Italy and Tony Smith, professor of philosophy and political science at Iowa State University. Bellofiore and Smith are also members of the International Symposium on Marxian Theory (ISMT), which is holding its 22nd annual weeklong conference Aug. 6-10, on Creighton’s campus. This year’s topic is “Crisis Theories in Marx and Marxian Theory.”

ISMT is an international interdisciplinary research group composed of philosophers and economists from the United States, Italy, Argentina, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Two Creighton philosophers, Jeanne Schuler and Amy Wendling, will participate in this year’s symposium.

Bellofiore teaches monetary economics, history of economic thought and international monetary economics. His research includes economics of globalization, Marxian value and crisis theory, the crisis of contemporary capitalism, and economic philosophy. Bellofiore has edited several books and has recently written in Italian two books on the economiccrisis.

Smith received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is currently a professor of philosophy at Iowa State University and is the author of works covering Marxism, philosophy of technology, and social theory.