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Professor to discuss the free markets and Neoliberalism on Thursday


Angus Burgin, assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, will present, "Planning Against Planning: The Mont Pelerin Society and the Origins of Neoliberalism," at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in Baker University Center 240.

His research and teaching explore problems at the intersection of ideas, politics, and markets in the United States and the Atlantic world since the late 19th century.

His book manuscript, "The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression," draws on archival collections in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, and the United States to examine the re-emergence of free market ideas in the decades following the onset of the Great Depression.

It focuses on the members of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization founded by Friedrich Hayek in 1947 to bring together economists, philosophers, journalists and philanthropists who sought to rehabilitate public support for the market mechanism.

"The Great Persuasion" surveys the dynamics that made this transformation possible: between economists and politicians, intellectuals and rhetoricians, and transnational academic networks and domestic policy debates.

This project has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Newcombe Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It was awarded the 2010 Joseph Dorfman Prize by the History of Economics Society.

The talk is free and open to the public.