Sylvia Nasar:: Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius

Thursday, November 10, 2011
7:30 PM
Scripps - Garrison Theater
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Scripps - Malott Commons
Malott Commons
Malott Commons Office

Sylvia Nasar, best-selling author, journalist, and economist will present her newest book, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius as part of our Alexa Fullerton Hampton Voice and Vision speaker series.
Sylvia Nasar is the author of "A Beautiful Mind", the bestseller that inspired the Academy Award-winning film starring Russell Crowe. While working as an economics reporter for The New York Times, Nasar 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, which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, helped put a human face on a devastating mental illness.

A writer at Fortune and a columnist at U.S. News & World Report before she joined The Times, Nasar also has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. When she was appointed to the first Knight professorship at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Dean Tom Goldstein said, "Her informed perspective, shaped by her multi-faceted professional experiences, will be invaluable as we explore the issues facing business journalism in the era of acquisitions and consolidations, emerging technology and the 24-hour news cycles."

Nasar, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and other leading publications, teaches a graduate seminar in economics reporting that focuses on globalization, growth, living standards and business cycles. Her latest book, A Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius was released in September 2011.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Speaker Series: Voice and Vision and the Carlotta Wells Financial Education Speakers Program.

A book signing will follow in the theater lobby. Books will be available for sale. 
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