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KU to host discussion with currency and hyperinflation expert

Thursday, October 10, 2019

LAWRENCE — Steve Hanke, an applied economics researcher at Johns Hopkins University, will join in a discussion with William Barnett, University of Kansas Oswald Distinguished Professor of Macroeconomics, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Kansas Room of the KU Memorial Union. A rooftop reception at the Oread will follow.

Hanke, a currency and hyperinflation expert, professor at Johns Hopkins University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, recently wrote a Forbes article citing how Barnett's work on accurately measuring money was critical to avoiding past mistakes by the Federal Reserve.

At this free public event, Hanke and Barnett intend to explore monetary systems throughout the world, tariffs and their effects on trade deficits, abolishing time zones and changing the calendar, plus “everything under the sun.” The talk is part of the John Ise Distinguished Lecture series.

Organized by the KU Department of Economics, this event has been made possible by Courtney “Corky” and Phyllis Nason along with Rich and Judy Billings to honor John Ise, an engaging and personable KU alumnus.

Ise, one of 11 children, earned degrees from KU in music, art and law as well as a doctorate from Harvard University. Ise joined KU as a faculty member in 1916, serving the economics department until his retirement in 1955. He wrote eight books, served on numerous boards related to economics and became known around the world for his work as an economist. Locally, he was known for his love of animals, endowing the city of Lawrence with funds to build and support a humane animal shelter. His influence continues with the establishment of the John Ise Distinguished Lecture series.