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Experts & Insights at Sierra College: What’s Next for Our Economy?

Each recent decade seems to have a slogan that relates to our nation’s financial wealth and productivity. In the 1980s, it was “Reaganomics.” The presidential campaign of the 1990s was defined by “it’s the economy, stupid,” and Y2K ushered in “The Digital Economy.” What label should be coined to describe our current economic times? Professor Thomas Harris will offer insight as he presents his mid-year economic analysis and forecast for the nation and our region Friday, June 11 at “Experts & Insights,” a free lecture/discussion program in the Sierra College Dean’s Lecture Series. Each month, a different topic is examined from an academic viewpoint. Faculty and guest speakers share their passion for research and provide a stimulating venue for exploration and thought-provoking dialog.Dr. Kim Bateman, Dean of Sierra College, notes most Experts & Insights speakers’ academic backgrounds encourage them to probe deeply into their subject and pose questions rather than just presenting facts and figures at face value. For example, along with his analysis of employment, personal income, industry earnings and other economic indicators, Harris will explain how economic forecasts go wrong and give his perspective on why economists agree and disagree.Upcoming presentations include Lori Van Meter on “Memorial Art at Burning Man” (July 9), Dr. Kim Bateman on “Mythical Guide to GriefWork” (Aug. 13), and Dr. Nan Carnal on “Photosynthesis: How Plants Do It and Important Consequences” (Sept. 10). There is no charge for these programs, thanks to the generosity of the presenters and Sierra College, but reservations are advised at (530) 550-2290 as space is limited. Full calendar: Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to aedgett@

Professor Thomas HarrisFriday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus, 11001 College Trail, Truckee, Calif.No charge, for reservation call 550-2290

Dr. Thomas R. Harris is a Foundation Professor in the Department of Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources; State Extension Specialists in Community and Economic Development in University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; and the Director of the University Center for Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Harris has been at UNR since 1981 and his primary areas of teaching, research and extension are rural economic development, economic impact modeling, and local government finance. Dr. Harris has served the department as interim department head on two occasions. Dr. Harris has several ongoing projects in rural Nevada communities through the University Center for Economic Development.

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