Special Lectureships and Programs in Economics
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.
Paul Romer of Stanford University was the inaugural speaker in 2000-2001 and delivered a talk entitled “From New Growth Theory to New Policy Initiatives.”
Douglas 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 in 2002-2003 and discussed “Forces in the Network Economy.”
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 Ashenfelter, 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."
Andrew Schotter, Professor of Economics at New York University and also the Director of the Center for Experimental Social Science (C.E.S.S.), visited in April 2009 and lectured on "The Neuroeconomics of Fear and Bidding in Auctions."
J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, Chair of its Political Economy Major, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Clinton Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, visited in April 2010 and lectured on "The Worst Macroeconomy since the Great Depression."
Robert H. Frank, H.J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, visited in April 2012. Robert Frank contributes to the "Economic View" column, which appears every fifth Sunday in The New York Times. Frank's 2011 book, The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good, is on wealth inequality in the United States. His lecture was on "The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good.
Charles F. Mason, H.A. "Dave" True, Jr. Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics, Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy, University of Wyoming, visited in February 2013 and lectured on "Renaissance or Meltdown? The Economics of Nuclear Power after Fukushima."
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 and listen to individuals with expertise and knowledge of business.
The Whitman Investment Company (WIC) is a student-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."
Sandy McDade, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Weyerhaeuser Company and a 1974 graduate of Whitman, presented the 7th annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the spring of 2008. The lecture was entitled “The Potential for Trees” — the role of forests in the carbon cycle."
John Medica, former senior vice president of Dell, Inc.presented the 8th annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the fall of 2008. The lecture was entitled "Impacts of "Globalization and Planning Your Future."
Ron Foster, 1973 Economics graduate of Whitman College, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, Micron Technology, Inc., presented the 9th annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the fall of 2010. Mr. Foster also participated in a lunch meeting hosted by the student run, Whitman Investment Company. The lecture was entitled "Is the U.S. Losing Its Memory: Competing in a Volatile, Capital Intensive, Global Market."
Mark Tabbutt, 1986 graduate of Whitman College, presented the 10th annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in the spring of 2012. Mr. Tabbutt also participated in the student run, Whitman Investment Company meeting. Mark's lecture was entitled "Helping Build a Family Business: Acquisition focused corporategrowth."
Jonathan Sposato, 1989 graduate of Whitman College, Chairman at Geekwire LLC, presented the 11th annual William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture in May of 2013. Mr. Sposato participated in a lunch session hosted by the student run, Whitman Investment Company. The lecture was entitled "Everything I Learned in Business I Learned Owning a Bar."
Classical Liberalism Lecture
Dr. Gary Liebcap, Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Corporate Environmental Management in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara , gave a public lecture in October of 2011 titled "The Tragedy of the Commons Revisited."
Dr. Terry Anderson, Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center
(PERC) Bozeman, Montana, gave a public lecture in April of 2008 titled "Markets and the Environment: Friends or Foes."
Visiting Educators in Economics Series
The Visiting Educator Series is funded by Whitman College and the Department of Economics. Funds are provided for distinguished educators to visit campus. The goal of the lectureship is to provide Whitman faculty and students an opportunity to enrich their economic knowledge and education.
The intial Visiting Educator Series in economics hosted lectures examining a range of economic issues (Dr. Clifford R. Kern, Binghamton University - urban gentrification, Dr. William Herrin, University of the Pacific - African housing problems, Dr. David Clark, Marquette University - statistical surveys) and has developed into a series that has provided many opportunities for faculty and students to enrich and advance their economic knowledge and education.
Dr. Malcolm Rosier, Senior Research Associate, CogNETive, Australia, visited Whitman College in September, 2001 as a Visiting Educator in Economics. Dr. Rosier has more than forty years' experience in social research, initially in mathematics and science achievement, and more recently in the development of social and health policy. Dr. Rosier's public talk was entitled "Asking people what they think or do, and then trying to make sense of their answers! Thoughts on a career in survey research." He also lectured in several classes during his visit. For more information on Dr. Rosier's work, visit
Professor Steven Greenlaw, Professor of Economics at Mary Washington University, visited Whitman College in November 2002 as a Visiting Educator in Economics. Professor Greenlaw's public talk, was entitled “Teaching Critical Thinking with Electronic Discussion.” He also lectured in several classes during his visit.
Victor Ginsburgh, of the Université Libre de Bruxelles visited in 2006. Professor Ginsburgh is one of Europe’s most outstanding economists and is deemed a (if not “the”) world authority in the field of “cultural economics”. He delivered two lectures, “Art Experts and Evaluation” and “Languages in the European Union: English only?”
Professor Francis Wilson, School of Economics at the University of Cape Town visited Whitman College in October, 2007 as a Visiting Educator in Economics. His written work covers globalization, poverty, migrant labor, race, economic justice, and even theological aspects of decent work, most of it in the context of South Africa’s economy. Professor Wilson’s public talk, was entitled "Half way there: the long work to freedom and economic justice in South Africa," and he visited several classes during his visit. For information about Professor Wilson's work, visit http://www.cssr.uct.ac.za/datafirst_francis.html.
Dr. Jeffrey Nugent, Professor at the University of Southern California and a prolific researcher in the fields of Development Economics and Institutional Change, visited Whitman College in April 2009 as a Visiting Educator in Economics. Professor Nugent's public lecture was entitled "Aging and Economies throughout the World." Professor Nugent also lectured in several classes and held discussions with faculty and students.
Professor William Jaeger of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University visited Whitman College in March, 2011 as a Visiting Educator. Professor Jaeger's public lecture was entitled "A New Look at 'Limits to Growth.'" Dr. Jaeger participated in several classes (including a Senior Seminar) and held a follow up "breakfast session" on the theory and methods background for his public lecture.
O'Donnell Visiting Educator Series
The Ashton J. and Virginia Graham O’Donnell Visiting Professorship in Global Studies Endowment, was established in 2002 by the 1943 Whitman alums to give current and future students the chance to experience the opportunities they enjoyed in their careers.
Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher visited campus during the week of September 25-29th, 2006. According to Wikipedia, he has "... won the Right Livelihood Award in 2000 for his exemplary work to safeguard biodiversity and the traditional rights of farmers and communities to their genetic resources." He was also named one of the 2006 winners of the United Nations top environmental prize.
John Chant, emeritus professor of economics at Simon Fraser University and a director of the Canadian Payments
Association, presented an O’Donnell Visiting Educator lecture in November, 2006 on reforming the International Monetary Fund.
Chant’s talk explored the IMF’s origins and evolving role in order to raise questions about its future.
Other Lectures Sponsored by the Department of Economics
Recent Symposiums Supported by the Department of Economics
Wine and Global Warming (spring 2007)
Allen Shoup (Longshadows Vintners)
Robert N. Stavins (Harvard)
Gregory Jones ( Southern Oregon University)
Wolfram Schlenker (Columbia University)
Karl Storchmann (Whitman College)
Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University)
Recent Events Related to the AAWE and Supported by the Department of Economics
FIRST ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, Trier (Mosel), Germany (May 23- 26, 2007)
SECOND ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, Portland, Oregon, USA (June 2008)
THIRD ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, Reims (Champagne), France (June 2009)
FOURTH ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, UC Davis (Napa, Sonoma), USA (June 2010)
FIFTH ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy (June 2011)
SIXTH ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (June 2012)
SEVENTH ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, Cape Town, South Africa (June 2013)
EIGHTH ANNUAL AAWE MEETING, Walla Walla, Washington, USA (June 2014)