The Shepherd Lecture Series was established in 1986 by Virginia Jergens in honor of her husband, Richard Grandin Shepherd (Kenyon 1941). The Series provides a public lecture on an economic issue for a general audience, and a presentation designed for departmental faculty and students. The intent was to enhance Kenyon's public offerings on economic issues of interest and importance to the entire college community, and to contribute to liberal education with meetings between the lecturer and small groups of students.
The public lectures to date are:
John Siegfried, Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University, "Better Living through Economics", March 1, 2011.
Price Fishback, Frank and Clara Kramer Professor of Economics, University of Arizona, "What Lessons Can We Learn Today from FDR's New Deal?", March 23, 2010.
Randall Kroszner, Former Governor Federal Reserve Board, and Phillip Swagel, Former Assistant Secretary U.S. Treasury, "Financial Meltdown: Inside the Rescue", April 22, 2009.
John Cawley, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, "Reefer Madness, Frank the Tank or Pretty Woman: To What Extent Do Addictive Behaviors Respond to Incentives?", March 31, 2008.
Stanley Engerman, John Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History at the University of Rochester, "Slavery and It's Aftermath in the United States", February 10, 2005.William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and Senior Fellow at Institute of International Economics at the Center for Global Development,"The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics", November 3, 2003.
Robert Frank, Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics at Cornell University, "Money and Happiness in an Era of Excess", September 10, 1998.
Paul Portney, President of Resources for the Future, "Why are Economists Meddling with Environmental Policy?", September 26, 1996
Charles Phelps, Professor of Political Science, Economics, and Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester, "Health Care Reform", Spring 1994.
Marshall Goldman, Associate Director of the Russian Research Center at Harvard University and Kathryn Davis Professor of Soviet Economics at Wellesley College, "What Went Wrong With Perestroika?", January 29, 1992.
Marianne Ferber, Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, "Women in the Labor Market and the Home". April 12, 1990.
Douglass North, Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis, Bartlett Burnap Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics, "The Rise of the Western World" and "Economic Developments in Transition Economies". February 9-11, 1996. (Professor North visited Kenyon as a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar and his visit was partially supported by the Shepherd lectureship fund.)