Group meets Freakonomics author

Eighteen students joined President Les Garner in his home this fall for discussions on Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Following their discussions, the group is scheduled to travel to Chicago to meet coauthor Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. They'll participate in a Becker Center conference, attend a luncheon with Levitt speaking, and hold a 90-minute private visit with him about the book.

"I love being able to analyze Stephen Levitt's Freakonomics with President Garner," says Maggie Rudick, a senior from Sellersville, Penn. "We look at all different aspects of Levitt's arguments and relate it to personal experiences while incorporating academics from a variety of disciplines. It's exciting to meet in President Garner's home and get to test Katrina's new pound cake recipes, too. We look forward to meeting with Levitt and drill him with all the questions that arose while reading and hopefully getting some new economic perspectives from him."

The reading group is sponsored by the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy, which provided the books and paid for the trip to Chicago.