Political Science Professor to Speak on Financial Crisis at Faculty Forum

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dr. Edward Cohen, Westminster College associate professor of political science, will speak on "The Politics of the Financial Crisis" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

The global financial crisis that began in 2007 raised fundamental questions and doubts regarding the structure of the global financial system, the role of financial firms in shaping financial policy, and the proper role of government in regulating the economy.

Cohen's presentation will explore the political dimensions of the financial crisis and its aftermath and assess the degree to which there has been - or will be - significant change in these areas.

Cohen, who chairs Westminster's Department of Political Science and Sociology, joined the faculty in 1996. He earned an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning. Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Cohen at (724) 946-7304 or e-mail cohenes@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Edward Cohen