Getting your Evanston news from Facebook? Try the Evanston RoundTable’s free daily and weekend email newsletters – sign up now!

Explore these questions and more by taking Evanston Public Library’s upcoming two-part mini-course, “Debt, Trade, and U.S. Economic Leadership,” offered in collaboration with Northwestern Emeritus Organization (NEO). This free, non-credit mini-course will recount how the U.S. became leader of the world economy after World War II and assess the nation’s prospects for the future.

Many Americans are pessimistic, seeing growing national debt and persistent trade deficits, especially with China, as examples of U.S. decline. Topics discussed in this class will include the origins of these imbalances and the exploration of their consequences for U.S. economic growth, as well as for the nation’s standing as financial anchor of the world economy.

The course will be taught by Professor emeritus Robert Coen, former chair of the Department of Economics and former associate dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University. Readings will be distributed electronically to all registered participants and individuals on the waiting list.

The course has two sessions and attendance is required at both: 

Wednesday, February 19, 7 to 8:45 pm: Some uncommon sense about the national debt

Wednesday, February 26, 7 to 8:45 pm: The changing role of the U.S. in world trade and finance

This class will meet in the Community Meeting Room at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington. Registration is required—visit or call 847-448-8620.

This is the second in a series of mini-courses offered in collaboration between the Evanston Public Library and the Northwestern Emeritus Organization (NEO). The 600 members of the Northwestern Emeriti Organization (NEO) are retired Northwestern faculty members freed from more of their teaching and research responsibilities—though many still teach Northwestern classes, serve as thesis advisors, conduct research, and have active grants and labs.  But they also are in a better position to “give back” to the Evanston community following what has usually been decades of service to Northwestern University.