Husson University Sponsors Lecture by Fulbright Scholar on the Great Recession and Democracy

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In order to help students and the community better understand the changing nature of fiscal policy in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis and its effect on democracy in the United States and Australia, Husson University is sponsoring a lecture by Fulbright scholar Richard Eccleston, Ph.D. Eccleston's lecture will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m, at Peabody Hall on Husson University’s Bangor, Maine campus in in the Kominsky Auditorium.

Husson University, located in Bangor, is the lowest, net-priced, private university in Maine accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, (NEASC).

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Having Fulbright scholars on our campus adds another dimension to our educational efforts as we prepare students for career success in today’s interconnected global economy.

In 2008, the global financial system experienced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Government has yet to meet citizens’ expectations for effective social safety nets and renewed economic growth in response to the downturn. In addition, no one from any large investment or banking firm responsible for the “Great Recession” has face criminal charges, undermining the public’s perception of Wall Street, the federal government and our legal system.

In an effort to help students and members of the community better understand the changing nature of fiscal policy in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis and its effect on democracy in the United States and Australia, Husson University is sponsoring a lecture by Richard Eccleston, Ph.D. Eccleston, a professor of political science at the University of Tasmania in Australia, will share his thoughts in a presentation that is free and open to the public at Peabody Hall on Husson University’s Bangor campus in the Kominsky Auditorium on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

"Husson University students and members of the public attending Dr. Eccleston’s presentation will be impressed by his in-depth knowledge and research into economic policies,” said Lynne Coy-Ogan, Ed.D., senior vice president for academic affairs at Husson University. “Having Fulbright scholars on our campus adds another dimension to our educational efforts as we prepare students for career success in today’s interconnected global economy."

According to Eccleston’s book, The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance, “The financial crisis that engulfed global markets in 2008 created an acute need for improved international economic cooperation. Despite the G20’s prominent coordination role, the regulatory response to the crisis has varied considerably across governance arenas.”

Eccleston will speak for 30-45 minutes and take questions from the audience at the conclusion of his presentation. The Husson University School of Science and Humanities and the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association are sponsoring the lecture.

More About Dr. Richard Eccleston:

Professor Eccleston is the founding director of the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change. He is a specialist in comparative and international political economics with an emphasis on tax policy and public finance. Dr. Eccleston is the author or editor of six books and over 50 articles. He is currently a faculty member in residence at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

In addition, Eccleston is the recipient of a 2014 Fulbright Senior Fellowship. He is currently conducting research on fiscal federalism in the shadow of the financial crisis. This research could have important implications on state finances in Australia and the United States.

Eccleston is also working on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council. The first explores the dynamics of international tax cooperation in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis while the second is concerned with the changing nature of fiscal federalism. He is currently traveling throughout the United States gathering data for his various research initiatives.

For more information about Professor Eccleston, visit RichardEccleston.com.

Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Individual grants are available to scholars from over 155 countries. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements apply for grants through the Fulbright commission/foundation or public affairs section of the U.S. embassy in their home countries. Individual Fulbright grants are available for scholars from selected countries to conduct research, lecture or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. Under the Visiting Fulbright Scholar Program, scholars apply in their home country for Fulbright awards.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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