posted February 21, 2007

Speaker to Discuss Pros and Cons of Capitalism

Paul Solman, a noted expert on domestic and international economics, will present "The Two Faces of Capitalism: Why We Love and Hate the So-Called Free Market" at Hope College on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium through the Student Congress Speaker Series.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Solman is the business and economics correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, and brings more than 25 years of economics and journalistic experience to his work. Renowned for his dynamic speaking style, Solman engages his audiences to make business and economics comprehensible and interesting to CEOs and undergraduates alike.

A graduate of Brandeis University and former editor at "Mother Jones" magazine, he also has been a taxi driver, management consultant and kindergarten teacher.

Solman's TV reports are used in college economics courses throughout the world. He has helped journalists and television producers in Russia and Poland explain American capitalism. Solman also is the author and presenter of "Discovering Economics with Paul Solman," a series of videos that he hopes will transform the way introductory economics is taught.

The Student Congress Speaker Series is planned and executed by student leaders elected as representatives of the student body. The series aims to supplement Hope's liberal arts curriculum with relevant, informative speakers of interest to students and community members.

The series debuted with author Alex Haley on Jan. 30, 1992. Others featured through the years have included actor Danny Glover and actor/director Felix Justice; comedian and talk show host Bertice Berry; author James Malinchak; former principal Joe Clark, inspiration for the film "Lean on Me"; attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on environmental issues; writer Maya Angelou; author Jack Thompson, a leading anti-entertainment industry litigator; author David Kushner; presidential speech writer and lawyer Ben Stein; peace activist Arun Gandhi; Robert Bullard, an expert on environmental justice and environmental racism; and Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

The Maas Center is located on the Hope campus at 264 Columbia Ave., at the intersection with 11th Street.