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Harvard Law and Political Economy Spring Dinner Meeting

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us this Thursday at 7pm ET for the first meeting of our new Harvard Law and Political Economy Reading Group! This reading group is part of our continuing initiative to take our legal education outside the classroom. The LPE movement relies on understanding the ways in which law shapes the distribution of wealth and political power, under conditions of neoliberal capitalism. In this reading group, we will read texts that both should be canonical for our study of capitalism, but are sometimes left out of most ‘quick’ summaries. Our readings touch upon significant works in political theory, the nature of the state, and racial capitalism. For our first meeting this week we will be reading Albert Hirschmann, Passions and Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph The discussion will be led by Ian Kumekawa, a Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Center for History and Economics. His work focuses on the history of economic thinking and imperial statecraft in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His book, The First Serious Optimist (Princeton University Press, 2017) examines the intellectual origins of welfare economics, focusing specifically on its founder, Cambridge economist A.C. Pigou (1877-1959). It was co-awarded the 2017 Joseph J. Spengler Best Book Prize from the History and Economics Society. Dinner will be served via grubhub! We look forward to seeing you there :)

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February 11
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Student Orgs Events




Law and Political Economy Student Association