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Economics lecture set for Oct. 18

September 12, 2017

Economist Morton J. Marcus will discuss "Reaching Beyond Conventional Economics" at the Creason Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the events area of the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University.

Marcus is director emeritus of the Indiana Business Research Center in the Kelley School of Business. He has been actively involved in local and state economic development efforts since 1970. In addition to teaching economics at IU for 33 years, Marcus served eight Indiana governors as an advisor on taxation and public policy.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Creason Memorial Lecture is named after Woodrow "Woody" Creason, who ended a 35-year career as professor of economics at Indiana State in 1991. He was a beloved and highly respected teacher of economics who combined a strong commitment to progressive economics, with a keen interest in Hoosier economic development. While at Indiana State, Creason was involved in the creation of the ISU Credit Union. He was a charter member of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation and served the foundation for many years. He was also a member of the Terre Haute Economic Development Commission for several years. He died in 2014.

Morton has written a weekly column since 1991 that is published in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star and more than 20 other Indiana newspapers. A frequent speaker for civic and professional groups, Morton was the governor's liaison to the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1979 to 2003, testified before Congress, appeared on the PBS News Hour and consulted with firms and governments throughout the U.S. and in southeast Asia.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Morton earned degrees in economics from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California Los Angeles.

He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Indianapolis. They have three children, six grandchildren, two cats and a dog known as Nervous Fergus.


Photo: -- Morton J. Marcus

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