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October 25, 2001

Economist to headline annual Livingston Lecture

Photo of John F. HenryEconomics 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 professor.

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 in Montreal.

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