{Graduate Colloquium Seminar.}

"What the learned world tends to offer is one second-hand scrap of information illustrating ideas derived from another second-hand scrap of information. The second-handedness of the learned world is the secret of its mediocrity." --Alfred North Whitehead

Graduate Colloquium (GC) seminars at Northern Illinois University are funded purely through graduate student fees. Our illustrious Colloquium Speakers are nominated by graduate students, invited by myself (viz., the Awesome Colloquium Coordinator), and approved by the Graduate School. Our seminars are usually held on Wednesdays at noon, and typically run for 75 to 90 minutes. Presenters have flexible options, including Zoom® and Face-to-Face (F2F) seminars. Visitors are paid a modest honorarium to cover their travel expenses and to compensate for their valuable time--of course, learned discussion & academic discourse is always its own reward. We provide an excellent venue for professionals to practice, test, and develop their latest scholarly work in a relaxed, low stress atmosphere.

[> Recent Colloquial Colloquium Seminars (2021-2022).

  • Donghwa Shin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. April 27, 2022.

  • Sarah Johnston, University of Wisconsin-Madison. March 30, 2022.

  • Dean Jeff Brown, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. March 11, 2022.

  • Russell Weinstein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. November 10, 2021. "Do Universities Improve Local Economic Resilience?" (with Greg Howard and Yuhao Yang)

  • Marcus Casey, University of Illinois at Chicago. September 22, 2021. "Crime and Housing Prices: The Information Content of High-Frequency Data."

  • Constantine Yannelis, University of Chicago. September 15, 2021. "Measuring the Welfare Cost of Asymmetric Information in Consumer Credit Markets" (with Anthony A. DeFusco and Huan Tang).

  • Chao Gu, University of Missouri. March 31, 2021. "On the Instability of Banking and Other Financial Intermediation" (with Cyril Monnet, Ed Nosal, and Randall Wright).

  • Stephanie Cellini, George Washington University. March 3, 2021. "The Graying of Student Loan Debt" (with Rajeev Darolia and Dubravka Ritter).

  • Lesley J. Turner, Vanderbilt University. February 24, 2021. "Taking it to the Limit: Effects of Increased Student Loan Availability on Attainment, Earnings, and Financial Well-Being" (with Sandy Black, Jeff Denning, Lisa Dettling, and Sarena Goodman).

  • Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin-Madison. February 17, 2021. "Increasing the Salience of Property Tax Obligations: A Field Experiment With Older Adults" (with Stephanie Moulton, Cazilia Loibl, Donald Haurin, and Julia Brown).

  • Zack (J. Isaac) Miller, University of Missouri. February 3, 2021. "Beyond RCP8.5: Marginal Mitigation Using Quasi-Representative Concentration Pathways" (with William A. Brock).

  • Darren Lubotsky, University of Illinois at Chicago. January 27, 2021. "Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements and Local Labor Market Outcomes" (with Shalise Ayromloo and Benjamin Feigenberg).

  • Valentin Bolotnyy, Stanford University. January 20, 2021. "Graduate Student Mental Health: Lessons From American Economics Departments" (with Matthew Basilico and Paul Barreira).