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UPDATE: Economist Joel Mokyr to present Upton Forum keynote Fri. at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

In a change of plans, Professor Joel Mokyr will now be giving the June and Edgar Martin Memorial Lecture on Friday evening at Beloit College, the keynote address of the Fourth Annual Miller Upton Forum. Nobel Prize-winner Elinor Ostrom who was originally scheduled to present is unable to due to an illness.  

Mokyr, who specializes in economic history and the economics of technological change and population change, will be giving a lecture titled, "Why is the World in 2011 Richer than ever before? Mysteries of Economic Growth." The lecture takes place from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.

Mokyr  is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University. By special appointment, he also serves as the Sackler Professor at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at the University of Tel Aviv.

Douglass North, the 1993 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, will discuss Ostrom's work in advance of the keynote address before introducing Mokyr.

Following Mokyr’s lecture, is a reception from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Named for economist and sixth Beloit College President Miller Upton, the Upton Forum on the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations is Beloit’s premier residency program in economics. The program focuses student research and events around the work of a different scholar in the discipline each year.

The event is free and open to the public.