Lecture Explores How Feminist Theory Can Strengthen Economics

Please join the Economics Department and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program in welcoming Prof. Nancy Folbre of University of Massachusetts at Amherst for a lecture entitled,“Woman Up: How Feminist Theory Can Strengthen Economics,” on Thursday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Center Room 104.

In this lecture, Professor Folbre will give an overview of the field of feminist economics that developed over the last few decades, the impact of women’s empowerment on the field of economics and the recent contributions of feminist economists to macroeconomics, microeconomics and economic policy making.

Prof. Nancy Folbre published many well received books on topics ranging from the costs of children in Who Pays for the Kids? Gender and the Structures of Constraint (Routledge, 1994) to the role of gender in the history of economic thought in Greed, Lust and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2009). She is an associate editor of the journal Feminist Economics, received both the McArthur Genius Award (1998) and the Leontief Prize (2004), and was a member of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic and Social Progress convened by President Sarkozy and chaired by Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen (2009). She is a regular contributor to the New York Times Economix blog.

The lecture is sponsored by the SUNY New Paltz Economics Department, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, School for Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Provost’s Office.


LA&S Summer Internship Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce scholarships to support low-paying or unpaid summer internships for students.  For summer 2014 we will offer two or three $1,000 awards.  This program is supported by generous contributions from SUNY New Paltz parents, alumni, and friends to the LA&S Dean’s Fund.

These are merit-based awards that take into account the student’s GPA, the quality of the internship, the relevance of the internship to the student’s academic major and educational goals, and the relevance of the internship to the student’s future career.


  • Applicants should be majors in a department or program within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Applicants should have a 3.3 or higher cumulative G.P.A.
  • Preference will be given to students in their junior year; seniors who will graduate in May or August 2014 are not eligible for this award.
  • The internship cannot be with a business or organization run by a family member, relative, or close family friend.

To apply, students should submit the following:

  • A 300-500 word description of the internship and its relation to the student’s academic major, educational goals, and career plans
  • A resume
  • An academic transcript with cumulative G.P.A.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty

Applications should be sent to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, JFT 614.  Deadline for applications is May 7, 2014.  Awards will be announced on May 15, 2014.

Free Hearing Test for Students, Faculty & Staff

DSC03877Hearing loss is a very common problem that can significantly affect an individual’s ability to communicate. The Speech Language and Hearing Center (SLHC) here on campus provides full audiological evaluations at no cost for students, faculty and staff.  The evaluation takes approximately one hour and will be performed by a nationally and state certified audiologist. If you are interested, please call 257-3600 to make an appointment.

Statistics on Hearing Loss:

  • About 20 percent of adults in the United States, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss.

Source: John Hopkins Medicine

Latin American Economics Speaker Series Begins

The Department of Economics and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program present the first in a series of talks on Latin American Economics on Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in the Honors Center.

Economics Lecturer Franciso Martinez-Hernandez will speak on the topic, “Income Distribution and Economic Growth in Mexico: Vulnerabilities and Challenges in the Development Process.”

Students are encouraged to attend.