TURNER: The world’s only stand-up economist to headline Thad Cochran forum

If you ask most business professionals, the likely assumption is that the whole subject of economics is not exactly a source of merriment and laughter. At this year’s Thad Cochran Forum, to be held at the Jackson Convention Center on Thursday, Sept. 26, that assumption will be proved wrong.

Appearing as this year’s keynote speaker is Yoram Bauman, the world’s first (and so far) only stand-up economist. He performs regularly at colleges and corporate events, and has shared a stage with everyone from Robin Williams to Paul Krugman. He’s appeared in TIME magazine, and on PBS and NPR, and is the author of the two-volume Introduction to Economics. He’s also the organizer of the humor session at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association. To see a little sample of Yoram’s comedy, visit his website at www.standupeconomist.com.

Yoram Bauman (Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Yoram Bauman (Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Yoram says his goals are “to spread joy to the world through economics comedy and help to reform economic education….” That’s where his mission dovetails with that of the Mississippi Council for Economic Education, an organization that is dedicated to furthering economic education in schools throughout Mississippi and “empowering children to be financially successful.” The Council’s programs include professional development for teachers of economics, teaching resources, and the basics of entrepreneurship, personal financial management and more. Few Mississippians would deny the importance of this type of education in the school environment, and MCEE consistently ranks in the top 10 in the nation among all affiliated state Councils.

The annual Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise is one of the key fundraising efforts undertaken by the Council.

To purchase tickets to the event, visit www.mscee.org, or contact MCEE at (601) 974-1325.

This is a great opportunity to help promote financial literacy in Mississippi schools, and have fun and lots of laughs in the process. The Forum is a luncheon event, which is held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 26.

MBJ publisher Alan Turner can be reached at alan.turner@msbusiness.com