Van Dyck Lecturers 


The Wayne K. Van Dyck Fund was established in 1972 by a gift from Wayne K. Van Dyck, Class of 1965. This gift was made to be used to bring speakers to the College on topics of interest in the field of EconomicsDates, Topics and Speakers

The Wayne K. Van Dyck Fund was established in 1972 by a gift from Wayne K. Van Dyck, Class of 1965. This gift was made to be used to bring speakers to the College on topics of interest in the field of Economics.

Dates, Topics and Speakers


Left Out?  
LGBT Poverty in the US and what to do about it

M.V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA's Williams Institute.  Her current research is on the relationship of LGBT inclusion to economic development and poverty in the LGBT community.


Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.
Richard D. Wolff is a visiting professor in the graduate program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York.  He is the author of "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism" with David Barsamian, "Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian and Marxian" with Stephen Resnick, and "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism."


Economics and the Federal Reserve: After the Financial Crisis
Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Lacker '77, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Dr. Lacker '77 is the author of numerous articles in professional journals on monetary, financial, and payment economics, and has presented his work at several universities and central banks. 


The Great Stagnation
Presented by Tyler Cowen, the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University.  Cowen is the author of several books, including "In Praise of Commercial Culture", "The Age of the Infovore", and most recently "The Great Stagnation."  He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and numerous other media outlets.  His blog, was recently ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the number one economics blog in the world.


The Crisis in State & Local Finances as a Failure in Federalism & the Rule of the Law
Presented by Timothy Canova, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law, at Chapman University School of Law.


The Financial Crisis & Fraud: How "Winner Take All" Contests Produce "Loser-Take-All" Results
Presented by William Black, an American lawyer, academic, author, and former bank regulator.


The Economic Crisis: How bad will it get? How long will it last? What is to come?
Presented by Richard Wolff, an American economist, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Economics of Time
Presented by Daniel Hamermesh, Centennial Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin.


The Social Security Crisis: A Divergence from Real Issues.
Presented by Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economics & Policy Research, Washington, DC.


Does Rising Income Inequality Harm the Middle-Class?
Presented by Robert Frank, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Cornell University, New York.

Will Lyons Lecturers

The Will Lyons lecture series honors the late Will Lyons - a longtime professor and founding member of the Department of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College.

Dates, Topics and Speakers



Modern Money Theory and Euroland: What is Wrong with the Euro?
L. Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute of Bard College, NY.  He is the authro of Modern Money Theory, Understanding Modern Money, and Money and Credit in Capitalist Economies.

2015 Lyons Lecture: What is Wrong With the Euro?

Bush-Obama & the Bankers: U.S. Economic Policy Since the Crash.
Robert Prasch, Professor of Economics at Middlebury College is the author of over 120 academic articles, book chapters and book reviews along with numerous editorials and interviews in newspapers, radio, and on-line media including The Huffington Post, New Economic Perspectives, Translation Exercises, Salon and Commondreams.


There's No Such Thing As A Free Crunch: Why We Are All Keynesians In A Crisis.
Presented by Mark Blyth, Professor of International Political Economy and Faculty Fellow of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.


Understanding Modern Money: Can the U. S. Government Go Broke?
Presented by L. Randall Wray, Ph.D,  Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri - Kansas City as well as a Research Director at the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, and Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, NY.


A Personal Journey Through the Dark Ages of Macroeconomics.
Presented by Peter Matthews, who started his career at Franklin & Marshall College and is currently the James Jermain Professor of Political Economy at Middlebury College.


Fiscal Responsibility: What exactly does it mean?
Presented by Jan A. Kregel, Ph.D., Rapporteur, United Nations General Assembly's Expert Commission on Reform of the International Financial System. Former Chief, Financing for Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York.

Special Note - The Will Lyons Inaugural lecture by Jan Kregel has been released as a Working Paper from the Levy Institute.  The link to the Working Paper is as follows: