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Renowned cultural economist Tyler Cowen to present two lectures

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2004) -- Renowned economist Tyler Cowen will present two lectures on the arts and world economy at Ohio University, Sept. 13-14.

Tyler CowenAt 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Mitchell Auditorium in Seigfred Hall, he will present "The Arts and Economic Incentives that Affect Them," a discussion of the social mechanisms through which a healthy, growing economy tends to support artistic creativity and diversity.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Recital Hall in Glidden Hall (former Music Building), Cowen will present "Globalization and the Arts," the influences of cross-cultural trade on world music, international film and the visual arts of other cultures in the 20th and 21st centuries. Both lectures are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Ohio University College of Fine Arts and the School of Music.

Having emerged as one of the most important cultural commentators and interpreters of our day, Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University and at the Center for the Study of Public Choice, and is also the director of the Mercatus Center and the James Buchanan Center. He has an in-depth knowledge regarding music, performing musicians, recordings, world music, visual artists, art of various cultures and all types of cinema. His lectures include vital information about the activity of the arts in today's world and the sources that generate continued activity. The second discussion will conclude a question-answer session for the audience. The topics are of interest to students from most disciplines and anyone who is interested in the history, funding and encouragement of the arts.

Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said Cowen's insights on the social-economic dynamics of the arts and their impact on the nation and world are praiseworthy.

"The faculty of the College of Fine Arts, especially the School of Music, is pleased to have such a respected scholar come to Athens to provide topics that are current and germane," Tymas-Jones said.

Cowen who writes blogs (chronological personal accounts) for The Marginal Revolution and The Volokh Conspiracy, received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He edited the volume Public Goods and Market Failures, and wrote Explorations in the New Monetary Economics with Randall Kroszner. Recent books include "What Price Fame?" on the economics of music and the arts, "In Praise of Commercial Culture, the economics of multiculturalism" and "Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World's Cultures." He is the recipient of various awards including the Ray and Pat Browne Award of the Popular Culture Association. Cowen's popular "Ethnic Dining Guide" for Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas (now in its 16th edition) has been noted up in the food section of the Washington Post and the Fairfax Connection.

In addition to the lectures, Cowen will speak to university student clubs and classes during his two-day stay. For specific information about other campus presentations, contact Sylvia Henry in the School of Music at henrys@ohio.edu or 740-593-1626.

For more information and articles by Cowen, visit www.gmu.edu/jbc/Tyler/.  

The Ohio University College of Fine Arts, founded in 1936, comprises six professional schools: Art, Dance, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music and Theater. Research units include the Kennedy Museum of Art and The Creativity Through Technology Initiative. Additional components include the Athens Center for Film and Video, Ohio Valley Summer Theater and the Monomoy Theater in Chatham, Mass. The College offers 26 courses of study leading to bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of music degrees, as well as 27 master of arts or master of fine arts degree programs. A doctoral degree is available in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. Minors are offered in all six schools. For more information visit: www.ohiou.edu/finearts.  

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Media Contact: Sylvia Henry, (740) 593-1626 or henrys@ohio.edu

Editors:  A photo of Cowen can be found at www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/COWEN.JPG

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