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PROVOST’S FORUM: Hear from expert on the economics of education

By Dave Jones on November 25, 2013 in University News


Monday, Dec. 2 — “Opportunity, Meritocracy and Access to Higher Education,” lecture by Caroline Hoxby, professor of economics, Stanford University; and director of the Economics of Education Program, National Bureau of Economic Research. 3-4:30 p.m., multipurpose room, Student Community Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 — UC Davis Study Group on Accessibility and Affordability. Lecture and student panel, 4:30-6 p.m., location to be announced.

Thursday, Feb. 13 — Lecture by Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. 3-4 p.m., multipurpose room, Student Community Center.

Friday, Feb. 21 or 28 — Lecture by Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science, and affiliated professor, Earth and planetary sciences, Harvard University. Time and place to be announced.

Friday, March 14 — Lecture and panel, 2-4 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Lecture by lecture by Robert Post, dean, Yale School of Law. The panel will include:

  • Henry Reichman, professor emeritus of history, California State University, East Bay, and first vice president, American Association of University Professors, and member of the association’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

Friday, April 4 — Lecture and panel, time and location to be announced. Lecture by Margaret Ferguson, distinguished professor of English, UC Davis, and president, Modern Language Association. Lecture. The panel will include:

  • William Ladusaw, dean, Division of Humanities, and professor of linguistics, UC Santa Cruz
  • David Marshall, dean, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Letters and Science, and professor of English and comparative literature, UC Santa Barbara

Tuesday, April 22 — Universities and Regional Growth, with multiple speakers. 1-4 p.m., multipurpose room, Student Community Center. The speakers:

  • Martin Kenney, professor, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis
  • James Lapsley, researcher, Agricultural Issues Center, and adjunct associate professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
  • David Mowery, professor, Hass School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Christophe Lecuyer, senior fellow in the history of science and technology, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
  • Steven Casper, professor of management, and associate dean of faclty development, Keck Graduate Institute
  • Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor for Public Programs, and dean of UCSan Diego Extension

Wednesday, May 7 — Lecture and panel, 3-4:30 p.m., multipurpose room, Student Community Center. Lecture by Daryl Smith, professor of education and psychology, Claremont Graduate University, and the author of  Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work. The panel will include these UC Davis administrators:

  • James Hildreth, dean, College of Biological Sciences
  • Kevin Johnson, dean, School of Law
  • Maureen Stanton, vice provost, Academic Affairs

Titles not yet available for all forums. Times, dates and locations subject to change; check for updates here. A one-hour reception will follow each program.

A leading scholar on the economics of education will be at UC Davis next week to give the first talk in the 2013-14 series of Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good.


Stanford economics professor Caroline Hoxby will address “Opportunity, Meritocracy and Access to Higher Education,” according to an announcement from the office of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter.

The forum is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday (Dec. 2) in the multipurpose room at the Student Community Center. A reception will follow.

Hoxby, a public and labor economist, is a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Away from Stanford, she is the director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Hoxby and Professor Sarah Turner of the University of Virginia recently led a study titled Expanding College Opportunities, which targeted low-income, high-achieving high school students — and succeeded at getting more of them to apply to a wider array of colleges, including more selective institutions, and to enroll at colleges with higher graduation rates and greater instructional resources.

Hoxby also is know for research explaining the rising cost of higher education, the effects of school choice and charter schools on student achievement, and the effects of teacher unionization.

Forum sponsors: Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Community and Regional Development Program, Center for Poverty Research, and Center for Regional Change.

Chancellor's Colloquiums

The 2013-14 Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speakers Series is set to resume Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a talk by Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University. Details on Dabashi's talk and the rest of the Chancellor's Colloquim series are available online.

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