Thursday, April 26, "UD strives to orient each of its students to truth and to cultivate in them wisdom and other virtues, a mission we fulfill through exceptional teaching, research and care for each of our students Tom and Meriem are recognized for their ingenuity, integrity and principled leadership, and so serve as outstanding examples of the education we provide. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.
North Biographical I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts — not because my family had any connection with higher education, but because my father was a manager at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in a nearby town and Cambridge was the nearest hospital — in My brother and sister are both older than I am and were born before my father went off to World War I.
I les foundation graduate student business plan competition to elementary school in Ottawa, and then to a private secondary school. While I was there I became deeply interested in photography, and indeed the most noteworthy event in my early life was winning first, third, fourth and seventh prizes in an international competition for college and high school students.
Our family life was certainly not intellectual.
My father had not even completed high school when he started as an office boy working for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and I am not sure that my mother completed high school. Nevertheless, she was an exciting person, intelligent, intellectually curious, and she played an important part in my intellectual development.
My aunt and uncle were, and in the case of my aunt Adelaide North still is, a powerful influence. They introduced me to classical music and my aunt continues to be, to this day, a very special person in my life. When it came time to go to college, I had been accepted for Harvard when my father was offered the position of head of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company office on the west coast, and we moved to San Francisco.
Because I did not want to be that far from home, I decided to go instead to the University of California at Berkeley. While I was there my life was completely changed by becoming a convinced Marxist and engaging in a variety of student liberal activities.
I was opposed to World War II, and indeed on June 22, when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union I suddenly found myself the lone supporter of peace since everybody else had, because of their communist beliefs, shifted over to become supporters of the war.
My record at the University of California as an undergraduate was mediocre to say the best. I had hoped to go to law school, but the war started, and because of the strong feeling that I did not want to kill anybody, I joined the Merchant Marine when I graduated from Berkeley. We had been to sea only a short time when the Captain called me up on the bridge and asked me if I could learn to navigate since most of the officers had had only rudimentary education, and we needed to get from San Francisco to Australia.
I became navigator and enjoyed it very much. What the war did was give me the opportunity of three years of continuous reading, and it was in the course of reading that I became convinced that I should become an economist.
In the summer of I had worked with Dorothea Lange, head of the photographic division of the Farm Security Administration, travelling with and photographing migrants through the central valley of California. Now Dorothea tried to persuade me to become a photographer. Her husband, Paul Taylor, who was in the economics department at the University of California, tried to persuade me to become an economist.
I went back to graduate school with the clear intention that what I wanted to do with my life was to improve societies, and the way to do that was to find out what made economies work the way they did or fail to work.
I believed that once we had an understanding of what determined the performance of economies through time, we could then improve their performance. I have never lost sight of that objective. I cannot say that I learned much formal economics as a graduate student in Berkeley.
My most influential professors were Robert Brady; Leo Rogin, a Marxist and a very influential teacher of history of economic thought; and M. He became my mentor and my thesis advisor at Berkeley.
But while I learned by rote most of the theory I was supposed to know, I did not acquire a real understanding of theory. It was not until I got my first job, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and began playing chess with Don Gordon, a brilliant young theorist, that I learned economic theory.
In the three years of playing chess every day from noon to two, I may have beaten Don at chess, but he taught me economics; more important he taught me how to reason like an economist, and that skill is still perhaps the most important set of tools that I have acquired.
I had written my dissertation on the history of life insurance in the United States and had had a Social Science Research Council Fellowship to go to the east coast and do the spade work. That turned out to be a very productive year. The result was that Joseph Schumpeter had a strong influence upon me.
My early work and publications centered around expanding on the analysis of life insurance in my dissertation and its relationship to investment banking. That work eventually led me to developing a staple theory of economic growth.
I was very fortunate that at a meeting of the Economic History Association I come to know Solomon Fabricant, who was then director of research at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and in I was invited to spend the year at the Bureau as a research associate.
That was an enormously important year in my life. I not only became acquainted with most of the leading economists who passed through the bureau, but spent one day a week in Baltimore with Simon Kuznets and did the empirical work that led to my early major quantitative study of the balance of payments of the United States from to I married for the first time in Les P.
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The foundation works to promote mentorship and to educate young professionals about the world of IP and licensing through two key programs, the International Graduate Student Business Plan Competition and the Frank Barnes Mentor Award Program.
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Aug 09, · The following organizations have co-sponsored initiatives of the PROMISE program: The Council of Graduate Schools through the "PhD Completion Project", The Graduate School at UMBC, The Division of Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland College Park, and The Office of Student Research at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB).
– Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Sciences will host several events this fall that focus on race and diversity, social justice and literature.
The events include the latest installments from the University’s two longstanding series: the Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series and the Les Bailey Writers Series.