The Center for Economic Education

Programs for Teachers and Students

Through its Center for Economic Education, the Probasco Chair offers programs for teachers and students to provide a better understanding of the theory and practice of capitalism, and the positive relationship between private enterprise and economic prosperity. Dr. J.R. Clark holds the Probasco Chair and directs the Center for Economic Education.

Upcoming Programs

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Economic Episodes in American History

July 28-29, 2016

8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Probasco Chair's Center for Economic Education, in cooperation with the Nashville Branch of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, will present a teacher workshop entitled "Economic Episodes in American History" for social studies and economics teachers in grades 9-12.  No history of America is complete without an economic perspective.  Economic Episodes in American History is an innovative textbook supplement for middle and high school students that will enrich and expand students' understanding of United States history and the role economics has played in shaping the American story.  Participants will engage in interactive lesson demonstrations and will receive a copy of the text, Economic Episodes in American History, as well as Federal Reserve resources.

Featured Presenters

Mark Schug

Mark Schug is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where, for over a decade, he was Director of the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Education.  Dr. Schug taught for over 36 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels, and today he works as a national consultant on economic and financial education and urban education policy.  




Ashley S. HarrisonAshley S. Harrison is Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Education at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and teaches finance in the College of Business.  Her published research focuses on economic education.






Jackie Morgan

Jackie Morgan is the Senior Economic and Financial Education Specialist at the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.






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Previous Programs

Chattanooga Teacher Study Free Market Environmentalism in Costa Rica

In June 2001, 2003 and 2011, teachers from across the United States attended summer teachers’ institutes on the “Scientific and Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues.” Each seminar was an eight-day module on free-market environmentalism in Costa Rica, co-sponsored by the Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise, The Walker Foundation, and the Political Economy Research Center (PERC).

Economics of Environmental Moral Imperatives lecture featuring J.R. Clark

J. R. Clark addresses teachers on the "Economics of Environmental Moral Imperatives" at Tortuguero.

Zip lining in the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest

Participant Beverly Kastetter photographs canopy wildlife while zip lining in the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest.

The purpose of the seminars was to unite science and economics teachers in the classroom and in the field, sharpening awareness of the contribution each makes to environmental issues. Costa Rica proved an ideal laboratory for this experience, allowing the participants to compare public and private environmental efforts through site visits to rain forest, coastal, and marine habitats. The teachers experienced lectures from internationally recognized experts in environmental issues and learned the "vital link between science and economics." For more information on the "Scientific and Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues" seminar, please click here for the brochure.

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