Brunger to give 'last lecture' May 7

Brunger to give 'last lecture' May 7

May 2, 2013
Contact: Karen Eldridge, Director of Communications

Dr. Scott Brunger, Maryville College professor of economics, will move his Economics 221: Economic Development class to the Clayton Center for the Arts and give his “last lecture” on May 7.

Brunger, who announced last fall that he would retire at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, has entitled his lecture “The Big Idea” and will talk about his career as a professor at a liberal arts college.

It will begin at 2 p.m. in the Harold and Jean Recital Hall, and the public is invited. Former students are particularly encouraged to attend.

A reception will follow in the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer of the Clayton Center.

Brunger, who holds degrees from Yale University and the New School for Social Research, has taught economics and African studies at the College since 1982. His areas of expertise have included economic development in Africa and the U.S. automobile industry.

A former Presbyterian mission volunteer and active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Brunger also has been an expert on mission work and church finance, recently serving on an 11-member task force assembled by the PC(USA) to look at the recent recession and its impact on the church.

In 2006, he and fellow economist Charles Zech published Plain Talk about Presbyterian Giving, an analysis of data from the American Congregation Giving Study.

During his 30-year tenure, Brunger has submitted numerous articles and papers to various economics and African journals and presented his research at professional conferences.

In 1994, he published A Trade In Death: An Economics Murder Mystery in Africa, which he used to teach his students about economics, Christianity and the social fabric of West Africa. In 1997, he and Dr. Young-Bae Kim, a professor of political science at Maryville College, co-edited Effects of Japanese Investment in a Small American Community: A Case Study of Autoparts in East Tennessee.

Recent honors include selection as a fellow to the Salzburg Seminar for its session “The World Trade Negotiations: The Politics of Economics and Trade” in 2005.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.