The presentation, "The $700 Billion Rescue Bill: A Public Choice Interpretation," is co-sponsored by the Pre-Law Association, the Economics Department and the Political Science Department. Much of Ramirez's prior research has focused on financial history, which puts him in an excellent position to weigh in on the current financial crisis and its ramifications for the economy and the political system.
"Wittenberg students will have an opportunity to gain insight from a highly distinguished individual, bringing light to a serious economic and legal decision," said Andrew Tomko, class of 2009 from North Olmsted, Ohio, president of the Pre-Law Association. "Dr. Ramirez, one of Wittenberg's own, exhibits a level of knowledge and expertise that will greatly advantage students, faculty and our greater Springfield community."
Ramirez graduated with honors from Wittenberg with a bachelor's degree that included concentrations in math, economics and computer science. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has been a faculty member at George Mason, where he teaches and does research in an economics department noted for advancing the field of public choice theory.
"When I was asked if I knew of anyone who could speak on Law Day about the legal mind and political ramifications of the current financial crisis, Carlos came immediately to mind," said David Wishart, professor of economics. "He is a top scholar in the field of financial history and is quite an engaging speaker. This is a great opportunity for the entire community to learn more about the financial crisis and political efforts to mitigate its effects."
The Fall Law Forum includes a luncheon for pre-law students with Ramirez and other Wittenberg faculty at 12:45 p.m. in the Li Room of the Benham-Pence Student Center. At 3 p.m. alumni law students and pre-law students will meet for coffee in the Bayley Alumni House, followed by Ramirez's keynote presentation at 4:30 p.m.
"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Ramirez back to his alma mater to share his expertise and insights about such a timely and pressing political issue. He surely represents Wittenberg at its finest," said Heather Hadar Wright, pre-law adviser and assistant professor of political science.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
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