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Freakonomics author to speak at UNR banquet
by Tribune Staff
Aug 12, 2011 | 641 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Steven D. Levitt
Steven D. Levitt

RENO — Steven D. Levitt, author of “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything,” which spent two years on The New York Times best-seller list, will visit Reno on Sept. 22 when he will be the keynote speaker at the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Banquet.

Levitt, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, has become an icon of pop culture since he and journalist Stephen J. Dubner co-authored “Freakonomics,” in which they show readers a new way of looking at the modern world. More than 4 million copies of the book have been sold in 35 languages.

In 2006, Levitt was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World,” and in 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal by the American Economic Association, awarded to the most influential economist under the age of 40.

Levitt will speak at the university’s Foundation Banquet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Begun in 1981 as a fundraising event, the Foundation Banquet is a premiere social event in the community that features speakers widely respected in their fields around the world. Some former speakers include Gerald Ford, Alexander Haig, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, Buzz Aldrin and Madame Jehan Sadat.

Tickets are $200 each or $2,000 for a table. Event sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Julie Gillen in the University Events Department at or 682-6014.

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