Dr. Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute 

Dr. Yaron Brook opens new series of student run Economics lectures

The Series for Economic Exploration, or ‘SEE Talks’, returned last month with Yaron Brook speaking on the ‘Morality of Capitalism’.  

The controversial lecture delivered by the President of the Ayn Rand Institute was attended by over 250 students, with the video recording of the talk, filmed by XTV, already receiving over 2,000 views.

Now in its second year, ‘SEE Talks’ is a student-run project developed by third year Economics student Imogen Lawlor. Lead by a team of six keen student economists from a wide variety of disciplines across the University, the project seeks to inspire students to take interest in macro-economic issues by inviting industry experts to the University to deliver stimulating talks, generating topical, cross disciplinary discussion. ‘SEE Talks’ brings three to five of high-profile speakers per term to the University, providing a variety of perspectives, interlinking many disciplines studied at the University and applying them to current events. The talks seek to encourage students to think independently; inviting a number of speakers that provide alternative and sometimes controversial opinions.

Funded by the Annual Fund/Exeter Alumni Fund, the SEE Talks are free to attend and are open to students from all disciplines. The team also work closely with BESOC, EXFIS and DebSoc to ensure the events provide an experience that is both informative and accessible to all students. The series is supported by the Business School, Students as Change Agents, the Career Zone and the Student's Guild at the University of Exeter.

Imogen Lawlor, the project’s chair, spoke of Students as Change Agents:
Running a project which spans departments and disciplines was a particularly daunting prospect. It would have been impossible without the guidance of Change Agents to help SEE Talks navigate the University. Now returning for another year, and starting to attract a local audience, SEE has grown even further and we look forward to expanding and working with wider groups at the University to bring a better student experience.’

Last year’s talks saw over 500 student participants in attendance; the speakers included:

Dr James Nixon, Chief Economist of TheCityUK.
The Economics of Britain's EU membership and the future of the Euro area: 27th February

Carol Bagnald, Head of Commerical Banking, HSBC London.
The Rise of the Female Economy; the commercial case for change?: 20th March

Evan Davis, Economist and BBC Presenter.
Why is London so dominant in the UK? : Wednesday 30th April

More information, and links to the recordings of last year’s lectures can be found on the SEE Talks website, at http://www.seetalks.org/

The next SEE Talk will take place later this month, featuring Ben Dyson from Positive Money.

If you want to find out more about Change Agents or are a student who wants to run a project, please e-mail changeagents@ex.ac.uk or visit our website at http://as.exeter.ac.uk/eqe/projects/change/

Date: 10 November 2014

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