Financial Crisis Management to be focus of Romano Lecture


Richard Sylla, Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets and professor of economics at New YorkUniversity, will deliver the Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture at 3:30 pm Friday, March 13, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at BinghamtonUniversity. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. 

Sylla, a frequent guest on NPR, will discuss the United States’ first modern financial crisis in 1792, and how Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton intervened to stem the crisis, minimizing its effects on the nation’s fragile economic and political systems.  Sylla will conclude with lessons drawn from the 1792 panic for later financial crises, including the one today.  Among the lessons is the importance of bold and creative financial leadership. 

In addition to his role as professor, Sylla is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, with a current project on the development of the business corporation in the antebellum United States.  He has served as editor of The Journal of Economic History, chairman of the board of trustees of the Cliometric Society, and president of both the Economic History Association and the Business History Conference.  Currently, he is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the European Association for Banking and Financial History and vice-chairman of the board of trustees of the Museum of American Finance, a Smithsonian affiliate.

Clink on the following link to listen to Sylla’s most recent NPR interview “Labor Numbers Conjure Up Ghosts Of Past Crises”

The Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture Series was endowed in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Romano to sponsor lectures given by noted speakers in history, economics, art history and medicine.

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Last Updated: 9/17/13