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Santagata Lecture: Echoes of the 1930s

  • 10/17/2013 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

Santagata Lecture: Echoes of the 1930s

Professor Peter Temin, Elisha Gray II Professor Emeritus of Economics, M.I.T., will be speaking to the Bowdoin community and the public about parallels between our recent economic crisis and recession and the Great Depression. In recent works Professor Temin has stressed the role of economic models and ideas in public policy and argued that the gold-standard mentality, which was important in generating the crisis of the 1930s, still holds sway today.

Temin is author, co-author, or editor of 20 books of economic history, from his work in the 1960s on The Jacksonian Economy (1969) to The Roman Economy and The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How to Fix It, both published this year. He is author or co-author, as well, of more than 150 journal articles or chapters in edited volumes, including such influential and extraordinarily varied ones as:


  • "Riding the South Sea Bubble" (American Economic Review, 2004)
  • "Two Views of the British Industrial Revolution" (Journal of Economic History, 1997)
  • "Is it Kosher to Talk About Culture?" (Journal of Economic History, 1997)
  • "Soviet and Nazi Economic Planning in the 1930s" (Economic History Review, 1991)
  • "The End of One Big Deflation" (Explorations in Economic History, 1997)
  • "Financial intermediation in the Early Roman Empire" (Journal of Economic History, 2004)
  • "Price Behavior in Ancient Babylon" (Explorations in Economic History, 2002)
  • "Transmission of the Great Depression" (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1993)


Bowdoin College's Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1982 by family and friends of Kenneth V. Santagata, Bowdoin class of 1973, to provide one lecture each semester from among the fields of arts, humanities, or social sciences. The lecturers are recognized authorities in their fields who present new, novel, or non-conventional approaches to their subjects.