The Centre for Monetary and Financial Economics (CMFE) will be launched formally on June 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in 2017 Dunton. The appointment by Dean Katherine Graham of Dr. Charles (Chuck) Freedman and Professor Stephen Ferris as its first Co-Directors will be part of this announcement.

The purpose of the 1½-hour launch event is twofold. First, the actual launch will feature opening remarks by Professor Keir Armstrong, Chair of the Department of Economics and Chair of the Management Board of the new research centre, and a short speech by President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. Second, in keeping with its mandate, the Centre will host its first-ever, high-profile event: a 45-minute lecture by Dr. Laurence H. Meyer who served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1996 until January 2002. His talk is titled “The Great Global Recession: How It Happened and What Can Be Done about It.” Dr. Freedman will introduce Dr. Meyer.

Guests of the event are by invitation only. Media are also being invited.

The new research centre will involve researchers from across the Faculty of Public Affairs and beyond working on projects in monetary economics, financial economics, and related fields in any number of disciplines. Associate Dean Edward (Ted) Jackson is on the Centre’s Management Board and Advisory Committee as is Professor Armstrong, who has been instrumental in making the Centre happen.

[Economics News posts: 5 June 2009; 8 June 2009]