Here’s a chance to participate in an interactive dialogue among Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and a panel of Twin Cities economic experts.

In conjunction with Greenspan’s keynote speech at Minnesota Meeting’s annual dinner, students and faculty from across the state can participate in a 90-minute multimedia educational event, “Bringing Economics Down to Earth.” The free, online event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

You must preregister anytime prior to the beginning of the event, but space is limited. To register, visit

During the event you’ll be able to:

  • Ask questions of the panel of senior economists and get immediate answers, some of which will be discussed on radio and television simulcasts of the event.
  • Take an online “Economic Literacy Quiz” and find out within moments how your knowledge stacks up to other online participants.
  • Provide feedback on Chairman Greenspan’s speech.

Following is an outline of the event:

  • 7-7:30 p.m.: Top Minnesota economists, led by Minnesota Public Radio’s “Sound Money” cohost Chris Farrell, will discuss how the Federal Reserve and other institutions shape public policy, and how economics have an impact on every part of our lives. This discussion will be fully interactive, with Web participant polling, quiz questions and messaging. Throughout the half-hour, participants also will take the “Economic Literacy Quiz and see the national Web-audience responses in minutes.
  • 7:30-8 p.m.: Greenspan will speak, focusing on trade and technology. His comments will be heard online, as well as on MPR and KTCI-TV Channel 17. Visuals will support the speech for the online participants, who also will be able to communicate with the experts’ panel via a two-way messaging center.
  • 8-8:30 p.m. The panel discussion resumes. This also will include two-way polling and responses to messages sent in by the online participants.

The panel of economists includes Farrell and:

  • V.V. Chari, professor and chair of the University of Minnesota Department of Economics
  • James Paulsen, chief investment officer of Wells Capital Management
  • Jean Kinsey, former chair of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank’s board of directors and a professor of applied economics

If you have any questions about this online event, visit the Minnesota Meeting Web Site at or call Tracy Kurschner, (612) 841-6131.

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