Kim Thomas Lecture Series


The Kim Thomas Interdisciplinary Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Economics in support of the Liberal Education Program theme "Connections."

The goal of the series is to connect our students with leading economists in the country who can provide valuable insight into current economic issues. The series is funded by a gift from Paul Thomas and the Intel Corporation in recognition of the contributions of Kim Thomas to the College and community.

The Thomas Series has included the following topics and speakers:

The Neuroeconomics of Habit
Colin Camerer, Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics
California Institute of Technology
October 24, 2017

From Runnymede to the Swansea & Mumbles: Exploring the Great Divergence
Gary W. Cox, William Bennett Munro Professor in Political Science
Stanford University
March 1, 2016

Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption
Jean E. Ensminger, Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Social Science
California Institute of Technology
October 15, 2014

Jane Austen: Game Theorist
Michael Chwe, Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles
October 30, 2013

Art and Arithmetic: The Economics of Painting in Gilded Age America
Kevin M. Murphy, Curator of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
November 6, 2012

Interdisciplinary Thinking Is the Only Way We Will Solve the Great Challenges of the 21st Century
Elizabeth Hoffman, Executive Vice President and Provost
Iowa State University
October 28, 2011

The Economics and Politics of Stadium Subsidies in Professional Sports
Roger Noll, Professor of Economics Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Stanford University
October 21, 2010

Poverty, Hope, and Economic Development
James E. Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs
George Washington University
November 17, 2009

Why Are Developing Countries So Resistant to the Rule of Law?
Barry Weingast, Ward C. Krebs Family Professor, Department of Political Science
Stanford University
February 26, 2009

The Neuroeconomics of Trust
Paul Zak, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies, School of Politics and Economics
Claremont Graduate University
October 23, 2007

Manufacturing Trust
Carl Bergstrom, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
University of Washington
November 15, 2006

Connections Between Economics and Biology
Ted Bergstrom, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara
October 25, 2005