October 25, 2001
Economist to headline annual Livingston Lecture
professor John F. Henry has been selected to give the annual
Livingston Lecture at California State University, Sacramento.
He will speak on "Property and the Limits to Democracy"
at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the University Union Ballroom.
A reception will follow.
The lecture is named for the late Jack Livingston, a respected
CSUS government professor and faculty leader from 1954 to
1982. Livingston was known as teacher, scholar and friend
to his colleagues, but most of all as an inspiration to a
generation of faculty and students.
Henry was both a student and colleague of Livingston and was
a driving force in getting the lecture named for the popular
The Livingston honor is among the University's most prestigious
recognitions of academic excellence. It recognizes a faculty
member who has played an active role in the life of the University
and shown a strong commitment to students, while remaining
active in creative and scholarly activities. The lecture is
organized by the faculty senate.
Henry's lecture will focus on democracy and property rights.
"The term democracy conveys several, sometimes contradictory
meanings," he says. "Essentially, democracy is understood
within a propertied context and this context changes with
different forms of property."
Along the way he'll address democracy and property from a
slave-slave owner perspective, challenge the conventional
economic rationale for property and its link to "Jeffersonian
Democracy," and look at the nature of capitalist property
and the economic organization through the eyes of Karl Marx,
Thorstein Veblen and John Maynard Keyes.
Henry has been at CSUS since 1970. In 1997-98 he received
the Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Social Sciences
and Interdisciplinary Studies. He is the author of two books,
John Bates Clark and the Making of Neoclassical Economics
and several journal articles. He is on the editorial board
of the Journal of Economic Issues and a referee for several
other journals including the History of Political Economy
and the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. In 1995
he served as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University's
Wolfson College, mentoring graduate students.
He holds both a master's and a doctorate from McGill University
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