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Film: The Big Short & Discussion
February 20, 2016 @ 4:00 am - 7:30 pm$7
This funny, fact-based film explores the very serious and recent collapse of Wall Street and profiles the insiders who saw it coming. Mondragon Bookstore and Susquehanna Valley Progressives are pleased to sponsor this film and a discussion panel of economic experts, immediately following the film. Panelists include Dr. Geoffrey Schneider, Professor of Economics, Bucknell University and Dr. Martias Vernengo, Professor Of Economics, Bucknell University. The panel will be moderated by Charles Sackrey, former Bucknell Professor of Economics and owner of Mondragon Bookstore. The panel is free and open to the public and will take place across the street at the Barnes & Noble bookstore’s meeting room. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be offered.
MEET OUR MODERATOR
Charles Sackery taught economics at Bucknell from 1980-2002. He taught sections of Economic Principles every semester along with a seminar on either the works of Karl Marx. The Social Class system in the United States and related matter. He has written a book on Poverty in America; co-written a book about the experiences of professors with a working class background who teach at elite universities; and, he and Prof. Geoffrey Schneider, wrote Introduction to Political Economy. He now regularly teaches courses in the Bucknell program with local farmer and writer, Joe Detelj.
MEET OUR PANELISTS
Geoffrey Schneider is Professor of Economics, at Bucknell University. He received a BA from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has co-authored two books and authored or co-authored numerous articles. He is an award-winning teacher, who regularly teaches courses including material on the financial crisis and economic policy issues.
Matías Vernengo is a Professor at Bucknell University. He was formerly Senior Research Manager at the Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA), Associate Professor at the University of Utah, and Assistant Professor at Kalamazoo College and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has been an external consultant to several United Nations organizations. He has edited five books, written one book and around fifty articles published in scientific peer reviewed journals. He specializes in macroeconomic issues and international political economy. He is also the co-editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics (ROKE). In the 1990s he worked with Wynne Godley, called by the London Times “the most insightful macroeconomic forecaster of his generation,” at the Levy Economics Institute, on a model that accurately forecasted the unsustainable nature of the US economy