‘Stand-up Economist’ to perform at George Fox

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Bauman performing at Ignite in Seattle. (CC) Randy Stewart; blog.stewtopia.com.

Dr. Yoram Bauman, an American economist who calls himself the “world’s first and only stand-up economist,” is set to perform on campus this Thursday, May 10th.

Co-author of the book ‘The Cartoon Introduction to Economics’, Bauman teaches environmental economics in the US, in addition to his popular work as a stand-up comedian.

Fully sponsored by Lancaster University’s Management School, Bauman’s arrival has produced a ripple of excitement throughout the Economics Society, with members even producing a promotional YouTube video in honour of the economist’s upcoming event.

Commenting exclusively to SCAN on behalf of the Economics Society, Beatriz Izard expressed: “I just feel really lucky and honoured that a world famous comedian is coming to our little town. I have very high expectations of him from watching his YouTube videos!”

Izard continued: “He’s a comedian but he makes intelligent jokes […] Economics students will love him for the sarcastic way in which he treats the subject and non-economic students will do so for the easy-to-understand jokes he makes. I think it may also make them develop an interest on the subject.”

Starting off in comedy as a student, Bauman performs regularly at companies, comedy clubs and universities across the world. He has appeared in TIME Magazine in addition to American television channels, and his YouTube videos have received over a million hits.

According to his website, Bauman’s objectives are to “spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing.”

The economist’s performance on campus is scheduled to begin at 7pm in George Fox Lecture Theatre One. The show is free but tickets are in limited supply; to book, email Neetha Suresh at n.suresh@lancaster.ac.uk, stating the required number of tickets.

To view the promotional video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FKeaDhOmWA

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