Economics Lectures Series
The Genevieve Patterson Perry Endowment for
the Study of Economics
The Perry Endowment was established in 1999 by former
President Louis B. Perry to honor his wife, Genevieve Patterson Perry. Genevieve
Perry was educated as an economist at UCLA and served Whitman in a leadership
role during her husband's presidency from 1959 to 1967. The endowment enriches
the study of economics by bringing distinguished economists to Whitman College
to present a public lecture in the general areas of economic policy and
business ethics and to visit classes. The endowment also may provide an
annual prize for outstanding student achievements in the field of economics.
Distinguished Speakers List
Romer of Stanford University was
the inaugural speaker in 2000-2001 and del
ivered a talk entitled “From New Growth
Theory to New Policy Initiatives.”.
North, a Nobel Prize winner from Washington University in St.
Louis visited in 2001-2002 and spoke on “Why Are Some Nations Rich
and Some Nations Poor?”
Hal Varian from the University of California
at Berkeley visited this year and discussed “Forces in the Network
Daniel McFadden, a Nobel Prize winner from the University of California at Berkeley visited in 2003-2004 and discussed the economic theory and psychology of choice behavior and its application to current issues.
Orley Aschenfelter, the Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics at Princeton University, visited in 2005 and discussed "Evolution of the Global Labor Market: Continuity vs Change."
Robert Stavins, of Harvard University visited in 2007. Professor Robert N. Stavins is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Director of Graduate Studies for the Doctoral Program in Public Policy and the Doctoral Program in Political Economy and Government. He delivered a lecture "The Kyoto Protocol," and participated in the public symposium on "Wine and Global Warming."
Todd Sandler, the Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Texas, Dallas, visited in September 2007 and lectured on "The Politics and Economics of Terrorism."
The William Allen-Boeing Lectureship and
Student Investment Endowment
The William M. Allen-Boeing Endowment, established by Grant and Nancy
Allen Silvernale, and Nat and Dorothy Allen Penrose, provides funds for
distinguished individuals in industry, finance, technology, and manufacturing
to visit campus. The goal of the lectureship is to provide Whitman students
the opportunity to meet nd listen to individuals with expertise and knowledge
John Warner, Senior Vice President and
Chief Administrative Officer of The Boeing Company presented the inaugural
lecture of the series. The lecture was entitled "Business Strategy in
the Real World."
Investment Company (WIC is astudent-run group charged with
the responsibility of managing the William Allen -Boeing Endowment. Students
gain practical experience in finance enhancing their classroom learning
in Economics and other courses.
John Warner, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Boeing Company presented the inaugural lecture of the series. The lecture was entitled "Business Strategy in the Real World."
Peter van Oppen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Digital Information Corporation presented the 2nd annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the spring of 2003. The lecture was entitled "Business as a Liberal Art."
John Valaas, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Mutual Bank, Bellevue, Washington, presented the 3rd annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the spring of 2004. The lecture was entitled "Managing a Small Bank in a World of Big: Do the Lessons of Whitman Still Apply?"
J. Michael Rona, a 1973 graduate of Whitman, presented the 4th annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the spring of 2005. The lecture was entitled "Seeking Perfection in Medicine: Applying the Toyota Production System to Health Care."
Gordon Riess, a 1949 graduate of Whitman, presented the 6th annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the spring of 2007. The lecture was entitlted "Cultural Differences and Their Impact on Business Dealings."