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Liberty + the Future: NYC May Alumni Lecture

May 18, 2022

Harvard Club of New York City

35 West 44th Street, New York, NY, USA


After a long pause, TFAS is back with the Liberty + the Future NYC Alumni Lecture Series. We are kicking things off with a lecture and reception in Midtown East on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Dr. James R. Otteson will deliver a timely lecture on his latest book, “Seven Deadly Economic Sins: Obstacles to Prosperity and Happiness Every Citizen Should Know.”

In the book, Otteson breaks down the “sins” of economics and how they can wreak havoc on our lives and in society. He uncovers how these actions – while they may seem intuitively compelling – can lead to waste, loss, and downfall. Otteson brings a thoughtful and compelling story of seven central economic fallacies, explaining why they are fallacies, why believing in them leads to mistakes and loss, and how exorcizing them from our thinking can help us avoid costly errors and enable us to live in peace and prosperity.

Join fellow TFAS alumni and friends for an evening of insightful discussion and networking. Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance to secure your spot.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022
6-7 p.m. – Program
7-8 p.m. – Reception

Harvard Club of New York City
35 West 44th Street, NY 10036

Business Dress


To join us, please RSVP on TFAS Alumni Connect by Friday, May 13. If you have any questions, contact TFAS Special Events Director Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384. We look forward to seeing you there!

The event is a part of our quarterly lecture series and networking event exclusively available to TFAS alumni and friends. The series is made possible through the generosity of the Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Their gift, made in support of our 50th Anniversary Liberty + Leadership Campaign initiative to engage and mobilize the global TFAS alumni network, allows alumni leaders to continue their education in liberty. To learn more about the series and see future events, visit TFAS.org/NYCALS.

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Meet Our Speaker

James R. Otteson is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics and Rex and Alice E. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Prior to Notre Dame, he taught at Wake Forest University, NYU, Georgetown, Yeshiva University, and the University of Alabama.

He specializes in business ethics, political economy, the history of economic thought, and 18th-century moral philosophy. His books include “Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life” (Cambridge, 2002), “Actual Ethics” (Cambridge, 2006), “Adam Smith” (Bloomsbury, 2013), “The End of Socialism” (Cambridge, 2014), “The Essential Adam Smith” (Fraser Institute, 2018), “Honorable Business” (Oxford, 2019), and “The Essential David Hume” (Fraser Institute, 2021). His most recent book is “Seven Deadly Economic Sins” (Cambridge, 2021). His next book is “The Ethics of Wealth Redistribution” (with Steven McMullen; Routledge, forthcoming in 2022).

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