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Dr. Clair Smith is Featured Speaker for November First Friday Lecture Series


Dr. Clair Smith is Featured Speaker for November First Friday Lecture Series

On Friday, November 4, Dr. Clair Smith, Assistant Professor of Economics at St. John Fisher College, will serve as the featured speaker in the St. John Fisher College First Friday Lecture Series. The lecture will take place in the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center Board Room at 10:00 a.m.

He will present, “Order in the Academy: Rethinking the Organization of Higher Education.” When contemplating the structure and function of higher education, many people think of institutions as a unified entity with a single purpose. Smith will draw on the Hayekian distinction between centrally controlled organizations and emergent orders, and will discuss what we might gain by dropping the idea that all schools function as a single entity. Instead, he will consider when Hayek’s concept of emergent order among separate but related and complementary parts might be a more valuable framework for analyzing institutions of higher learning.

The last First Friday Faculty Lecture Series of the semester will take place December 2. The lectures are designed for individuals who are interested in hearing learned perspectives on a variety of current topics from members of the St. John Fisher College faculty.

The event will also include mass at 9:00 a.m., and a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Parking is available in Lots A and B off of the main entrance to the College at East Ave./Fairport Road. For more information about the lecture series or to register for the November 4 event, please contact Tiffany Carnevale at (585) 385-8354 or

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