Farley Grubb, professor of economics, has been invited to lecture at the Treasury Historical Association on April 30 in Washington, D.C. His lecture, "The Continental Dollar: Initial Design and Ideal Performance," will reinterpret the traditional story that the Continental dollar financed the American Revolution as an un-backed fiat currency driven to worthlessness by over-issuance. In a bold reinterpretation of events, Grubb overthrows this false history and instead shows how the Continental dollar was designed as a zero-interest bearer bond and regarded as such until Congress changed its terms, causing the notes to lose all value and be abandoned.
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Mark Serva, associate professor of accounting and MIS, has been invited to be the problem-based learning (PBL) expert with the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU). LASPAU is affiliated with Harvard University and works with institutions in South America and the Caribbean to improve student learning. The program also features many of the top pedagogical experts in the world in its workshops, including Eric Mazur and Ken Bain. Serva's first workshop will be in Lorena, Brazil, on May 28, and will include 17 institutions and 100 faculty from around Brazil. The workshop will focus on utilizing PBL and team-based learning so that student learning can be improved.
Bonnie Meszaros, associate director, Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, and Ronni Cohen, UD alumna and executive director, Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, jointly received a 2014 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) award for their Bank At School program at the Institute for Financial Literacy's annual conference in New Orleans on April 9. Bank At School is a weekly banking program offered free of charge to elementary, middle and high school students at more than 80 schools throughout the state. The national EIFLE awards recognize innovation, dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations to financial literacy education worldwide. Bank At School won for “Children’s Education Program of the Year, Saving and Investing.”
Carlos Asarta, director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship and associate professor of economics in UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, will speak about the importance of teaching economics and leadership to high school students at the Celebrating Economic Education dinner event in San Francisco on March 13, 2014. The event will celebrate the new strategic partnership between The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), and will pay tribute to FTE’s outgoing leaders, Jerry Hume and Gary Walton. The evening also will feature keynote remarks by economist John B. Taylor, the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University.
Farley Grubb, professor of economics, reviewed Marc Shell’s Wampum and the Origins of American Money (University of Illinois Press, 2013) for EH.net, March 2014.
Sheldon D. Pollack, professor of law in the Department of Accounting and MIS, has published an article, “The First National Income Tax, 1861-1872,” in volume 67 of The Tax Lawyer ( pp. 311–331) (Winter 2014), published by Georgetown University Law Center and the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. The article recounts the politics behind the adoption of the first national income tax during the U.S. Civil War.
“In the States” section of the national Council on Economic Education’s Winter 2014 report features called the Delaware Council on Economic Education “a true gem in the Diamond State,” and specifically highlights the council’s affiliation with the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreurship. In particular, the article draws attention to the CEEE’s teacher-training programs and student-centered events, and highlight’s the transition in leadership from Jim O’Neill to Carlos Asarta. See pg. 2 of the report for details.
Elson and Mulé recently published an article in the first quarter 2014 edition of Directors and Boards magazine. The article is about the importance of independent director industry expertise on a public company board and the dangers of a “management knowledge-captured board.”
Farley Grubb was appointed North American editor for the Financial History Series published by Pickering and Chatto, effective February 2014.
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Charles Elson, Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, was mentioned in Global Proxywatch, the newsletter of International Corporate Governance and Shareowner Value, as one of the “Stars 2013,” a selection of 10 individuals from around the world who had an impact on corporate governance in the previous year.