Future of the Social Sciences Conference and Workshop

October 7-9, 2004

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Leading legal scholars and social scientists from around the country convened at Washington University in St. Louis in October 2004 for a conference discussing the future of the social sciences. 

These experts strived to set an agenda for an interdisciplinary research program for the social sciences and the role of interdisciplinary campus centers in promoting this agenda and research in the field.  Panelists included Nobel Laureates Douglass C. North and Vernon Smith.   

The conference will be sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.  

Thursday - Washington University - School of Law ~ Anheuser-Busch Hall ~ Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom - Room 310 - 2-4 p.m. 
All are welcome to attend, please join us.

Friday - Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel - 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Washington University - School of Law ~ Anheuser-Busch Hall
Room 309 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Partial list of speakers:  

Douglass C. North - Nobel Laureate for 1993, Economics; Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts and Sciences, Professor in Economics, Professor in History, Washington University in St. Louis    

Vernon Smith - Nobel Laureate for 2002; Fellow of the Mercatus Center; Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University 

Elinor Ostrom - Former president of the American Political Science Association; Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science; Codirector, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis; Codirector, Center for the Study of Institutions Populations and Environmental Change, Indiana University at Bloomington 

Jean Ensminger – Chair, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor of Anthropology, California Institute of Technology 

Ariel Rubinstein - President-elect of the Econometric Society, Salzberg Professor of Economics, Tel Aviv University and New York University 

Kenneth A. Shepsle - George D. Markham Professor of Government, Harvard University 

David Stark - Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs; Director, Center on Organizational Innovation, Columbia University 

Jack Knight - Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government in Arts & Sciences; Professor and Chair, Political Science; Resident Fellow, Center for Political Economy; Member, Social Thought & Analysis, Washington University in St. Louis 

Lee Epstein – Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis 

Norman Schofield – William Taussig Professor of Political Economy, Director of the Center in Political Economy, Professor of Economics, Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis 

Kevin McCabe – Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University; Board of Directors, International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics 

Colin Camerer – Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics, California Institute of Technology 

Avner Grief – The Bowman Family Endowed Professor in Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Economic History, Stanford University 

Barry Weingast – The Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences 

Walter W. Powell – Director of the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research, Professor of Education, Stanford University

For more information, contact the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies - Linda McClain lmcclain@wulaw.wustl.edu
For a Center brochure and for more information about future programs, contact John N. Drobak, 314.935.6487, drobak@wulaw.wustl.edu.