War & Peace Discussion at UW-WC on Wed. Feb 27

Dr. Markos J. Mamalakis, Professor of Economics Emeritus of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will explore the ECONOMIC IMPACT OF WAR: THE GOLDEN RULES on Wednesday evening, February 27.  The 7pm evening lecture takes place in Room 228 of the campus, located at 400 University Drive (off Hwy. 33 West) in West Bend. A question and answer session follows the hour-long lecture. Admission is free and no reservations are needed. 

The economic impact of a war can be both good and bad.  Mamalakis will examine the economic impact of war within the framework of the GOLDEN RULES OF MAMALAKIS. For example, according to the first golden rule, war is “fair and just if the power of the state is used to advance the good life by protecting, maintaining and advancing both democracy and civil society.” According to the first golden rule, democracy and civil society are complementary. They can not exist separately. Mamalakis will examine this relationship between war-military expenditures and the good life.

A native of Greece, Dr. Mamalakis received a B.A. degree in Law from The Law School of the University in Salonica. He then earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California in Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Milwaukee, he taught at several universities including: The University of Western Ontario, Yale University and The University of Chile. He has given lectures – literally around the globe – from The Universities in London Sweden and Germany to Guatemela, Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico City, and Paraguay. He speaks four languages and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. His research includes extensive statistical study on the economy in Chile.

The grants and scholar awards that Mamalakis has received over the years is also too numerous to list. It includes two Fullbright Lecture Grants, Ford Foundation fellowships, guest-scholar grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institute and several awards from the Tinker Foundation Grant for his research in Chile.  

Community members as well as area high school and college students are encouraged to attend. The final lecture in the series will take place on Wednesday, March 12. Gundel Metz and Angela Joseph-Gaffke of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will discuss the Social Changes of War.


Sue Bausch