RIT’s Gosnell Lecture Series presents economist Roger McCain

Sept. 11 talk, in conjunction with Frans Wildenhain exhibit, explores economics of the arts

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Roger McCain

In recognition of the Frans Wildenhain exhibit featured at RIT’s Bevier Gallery, the College of Liberal Arts’ Gosnell Lecture Series presents a talk by Roger McCain, professor of economics at the Lebow College of Business, Drexel University. McCain will present “The Economics of the Arts,” 3–4 p.m. Sept. 11 in Carlson Auditorium, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. The talk is free and open to the public.

During his presentation, McCain will explore the economic factors—including influences, outcomes, operations and functions—associated with the arts and the arts’ industries. He will also discuss why the cost of artistic performances and tickets associated with those performances has been steadily rising, exceeding the inflation rate.

“This particular Gosnell lecture was created to showcase the Frans Wildenhain exhibition presently being run by Bruce Austin, professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts,” says Amitrajeet Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics at RIT. “Our guest speaker, Roger McCain, has conducted interesting research in the past on how economists view and study the arts, which is a relevant topic given the scope of the current exhibit.”

McCain’s primary research interests include game theory, behavioral, forestry and socialist economics, and the history of economic thought. While at Drexel University, he has created courses in game theory for undergraduate through doctoral students, and played a central role in designing a new economics major and two economics minors. He is the author of several books including Game Theory and Public Policy, A Framework for Cognitive Economics and Markets, Decisions and Organizations: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory.

McCain’s talk is sponsored by Batabyal, in conjunction with the Frans Wildenhain exhibit, running through Oct. 2. For more information, contact Cassandra Shellman at 585-475-2057.