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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Speaks

Economist Sutch Will Speak as Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

(May 14, 2002)

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society, recently selected University of California, Riverside’s Richard Sutch as one of its 16 Visiting Scholars for the 2002-2003 academic year. In this role, he will speak at UCR on ”Age Security Before Social Security: How to Pay for Retirement.”

The lecture is on Wednesday, May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences room 1500. The public is invited to this free event, and light refreshments will be available.

Sutch is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at UCR, and his American economics research spans a wide history. His Phi Beta Kappa lecture will examine how people managed their old age financial needs in prior times, as many Baby Boomers worry about the future of Social Security benefits. He said there will be a lot of surprises for listeners.

“Being named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar is a significant achievement: Professor Sutch should be proud,” Carl Cranor, UCR’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter president. “Only 16 are picked each year, and they are people at the top of their profession. To my memory, he is the first one from this campus.”

As will all the visiting scholars, Sutch will meet with undergraduates at other Phi Beta Kappa chapter campuses during the next year to participate in lectures, seminars and more formal academic presentations. The society’s program aims to enrich campus’ intellectual atmosphere.

Sutch came to UCR in 1998 after a 30-year career at UC Berkeley, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He serves as the U.S. representative to the Executive Committee of the International Economic History Association. He is also the director of UCR’s Policy Studies Institute. Sutch is co-author of Reckoning with Slavery; One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation; Economics and the Historian; and Economic and Social Impacts of Computing and Telecommunications.

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level, was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. The Visiting Scholar program was founded in 1956 and has named 466 Visiting Scholars since that time.

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