Economist Deirdre McCloskeyEconomist Deirdre McCloskey will make three public presentations on the UWindsor campus Thursday, October 5.

Mix of economics and humanities on the menu for libertarian presentations

UWindsor’s Reading Liberty initiative will hold a free, public, one-day series of events with economist, historian, and rhetorician Deirdre McCloskey on Thursday, October 5.

Dr. McCloskey is a professor of economics, history, English, and communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago who describes herself as a “literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive-Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man.”

McCloskey has written 17 books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistical theory to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues.

  • A Conversation with Deirdre McCloskey will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room 203, Toldo Health Education Centre;
  • Freemarket Feminism: A Contradiction? will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in room 203, Toldo Health Education Centre. Register at;
  • Virtue Ethics and the Modern World, an alumni evening, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in McPherson Lounge, Alumni Hall. Registration at

Reading Liberty is a new project led by political science professor Lydia Miljan to give students the opportunity to explore readings on the intellectual underpinnings of a free society, without the stress of grades or assignments. For information, visit

McCloskey will also deliver her lecture “What’s Wrong with Stakeholder Theory?” at 3 p.m. Friday, October 6, in room 51, Chrysler Hall South. Hosted by the economics department, it is free and open to the public.