Houston Harper Lecture: Heads or Tails? The role of chance in opportunities and outcomes

Featuring Allen R. Sanderson, AM'70

We are postponing the event until a further date, to be announced; we are sorry for the inconvenience.

In sports competitions, popular culture, politics, and business, ability, hard work, and personal sacrifice are certainly paramount. But pure luck—good or bad—is often a key element in the determination of success or failure. Join Allen R. Sanderson to examine the role of chance in a variety of settings.

The event will begin with a 30-minute welcome reception, followed by the lecture presentation and a postreception.

harper_winter20_sandersonFeatured Faculty: Allen R. Sanderson
Allen R. Sanderson is a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Chicago. He came to Chicago from Princeton in 1984; served eight years as associate provost of the University; and has also been a senior research scientist at NORC. He also does research on the economics of sports. Sanderson is an oft-cited authority on sports economics issues, a contributor to op-ed pages on sports and non-sports topics in newspapers around the country and a frequent guest on national and Chicago-area television and radio programs. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Sports Economics and as a referee for several academic journals and professional presses across the country. His contributions at NORC include research on education, labor markets, and affirmative action. His recent professional journal articles and book chapters are on the NCAA and several aspects of college athletics, the case for paying college athletes, the economic impact of colleges and universities on their communities, the economics of professional sports stadiums and hosting “big ticket” events, the political economy of Chicago’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, an essay on happiness and economic well-being, and a tribute to Milton Friedman on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Lecture Details

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Odyssey, and Phoenix philanthropic societies
Event Details:
2:00 p.m. Registration and networking
2:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
3:45 p.m. Reception
Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.


Date To Be Determined. ( Timezone: Central )


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