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Award-winning Author Sylvia Nasar to lecture at Tulane on "The Grand Pursuit," Monday Jan 30, 2012

January 30th, 2012
4:30 PM

Location
Greenleaf Conference Room

Author of A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar, will present her newest book GRAND PURSUIT: The Story of Economic Genius at Tulane University on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM in the Greenleaf Conference Room (100a Jones Hall).

GRAND PURSUIT: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar
‘€œAdds an important historical dimension to current debates on the future of the American economy.‘€ Kirkus Reviews

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Sylvia Nasar traces the evolution of an idea that allowed humanity to take control of its economic destiny for the first time in history. In Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius she portrays the lives and times of the extraordinary men and women who changed economics from ‘€œthe dismal science‘€ into an instrument of mastery that has profoundly changed the lives of everyone on the planet. Beginning in Dickens‘€™s London, she tells the story of an idea that was first conceived in the Victorian era, was born in the golden age before World War I, was challenged by two world wars, the rise of totalitarian governments, and the Great Depression, and was revived in a second golden age after World War II to create the modern global economy.

Grand Pursuit is an epic, uplifting account of the making of modern economics — from Victorian England to modern-day India — and how the insights of various thinkers transformed the world. Nasar traces the development of a revolution in human thinking that was unimaginable 200 years ago — the notion that the bottom nine tenths of humanity could escape the age-old sentence of endless poverty and a life of drudgery, that nations could shape their own destinies. The Nation described the book as “a timely reminder of the importance of the so-called dismal science…compellingly written, full of detail and vivid anecdotes, and with a refreshing focus on people rather than prices.‘€ The Economist said, “Grand Pursuit deserves a place not only in every economist‘€™s study but also on every serious reader‘€™s bedside table.”

THIS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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About the Author
Trained as an economist, Nasar was a staff writer at Fortune and a columnist at U.S. News & World Report before joining The New York Times, where she discovered the remarkable story of John Nash, the Princeton mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia for three decades before recovering and winning a Nobel Prize in economics. Her biography, A Beautiful Mind, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, helped put a human face on a devastating mental illness. Published in 30 languages including Farsi, Turkish, Russian and Hindi, it inspired the Academy Award-winning film starring Russell Crowe.

Nasar has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, FastCompany and many other publications. At Columbia University she co-directs the M.A. program in business journalism and teaches a graduate seminar in economics reporting that focuses on globalization, growth, living standards and business cycles.

Order your copy of GRAND PURSUIT here and bring it with you for Dr. Sylvia Nasar to sign!

This event is co-sponsored with The Murphy Institute, Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Tulane University Law School’s Payson Center for International Development, and the Tulane Economics Department.

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