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The Economist editor to offer perspective of global market Oct. 3

Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist, will deliver the 2018 Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Doermann Theatre.

Named one of the “most powerful women in the world” by Forbes, Beddoes is a renowned global economics expert, sought-after for her authoritative perspectives on the world economy — past, present and future.

Beddoes’ talk at The University of Toledo is titled “What’s Next? Making Sense of a Global Economy.”

In this big-picture presentation, Beddoes will reveal the interplay of democracy, demography, technology, energy and government policies as the ultimate drivers of economic change. Topics will include:

  • How is Europe displaying attributes typical of Japan, where economies are no longer shrinking, but stagnant?
  • Emerging market economies are being tested — a candid look at which have promise and those that could collapse under the pressure.

As the first female editor in The Economist’s more than 170-year history, Beddoes enlightens audiences on financial and economic trends with prescient analysis that is detailed yet comprehensive in scope.

“We are excited to host Zanny Minton Beddoes here on the UT campus,” said Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters. “Her role as a thought leader on the national and international stage is truly impressive. As one of Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world, we are sure her remarks will be both timely and insightful. The College of Arts and Letters is deeply committed to bringing speakers of this caliber to our campus, providing our students and our community with exposure to some of the world’s most important leaders and intellectuals.

Tickets for the free, public Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture are available at

The annual lecture is made possible by the Shapiro endowment left by Dr. Edward Shapiro, professor emeritus of economics, who retired in 1989 and wanted to provide opportunities for the University to bring world-renowned speakers to Toledo.

Past Shapiro Distinguished Lecture speakers include Elie Wiesel, Oliver Sacks, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Toni Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, E.J. Dionne Jr. and Audra McDonald.

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