Nobel Laureate in Economics Thomas Sargent to Speak at Penn Social Science and Policy Forum Jan. 28

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 24, 2013

PHILADELPHIA – Thomas Sargent, a 2011 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, will lecture on “Continental Drift: The Forces Underlying the Euro Crisis” on Jan. 28 from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. in College Hall, Room 200. Co-sponsored by the Penn economics department, the lecture is part of the University of Pennsylvania Social Science and Policy Forum’s spring series of events.                                                                        

Under the leadership of Thomas Sugrue, professor of history and sociology at Penn, the Forum, launched last spring, focuses on a new theme each year.  This academic year’s theme is the global economic crisis.                                                                       

The spring series includes lectures and workshops on the roots of the Great Recession, illness and the fragility of home ownership, the future of U.S. economic policy and more.  All programs are free and open to the public.  The full schedule is available at:                                                                                                                                     

The Forum’s roster of events embodies Penn’s commitment to integrating knowledge across the university and supporting engaged scholarship in the public interest.                                                                                                                                          

The series serves as a conduit to disseminate knowledge to diverse audiences through workshops, public lectures, annual conferences, working papers, and scholarly articles, and books through a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Press.        

A video archive of past Forum lectures is available on YouTube at