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Economic insight comes calling

Another installment in The Whiteside Forum’s “Think Global, Act Local” educational series will take place Friday evening in Morrison. We encourage the public to attend.

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Global economic issues have a definite impact on the street where you live.

The Whiteside Forum has devoted several seminars to investigate how our region fits into the global economy. The next session will be Friday evening in Morrison.

“Think Global, Act Local: Work and the World Economy” is the topic. The speaker is Bradley University professor Jannett Highfill, whose address will start about 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison St. Registration begins at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

Highfill knows her topic well. She is a professor in the Department of Economics at the Peoria-based university, where she specializes in international economics, trade, and monetary economics. She is editor of Global Economy Journal and president of the Missouri Valley Economics Association.

Her presentation will focus on the economics of globalization and basic international comparisons.

Marc Adami, president of The Whiteside Forum, encourages people to attend, bring their questions, and learn more about how the world economy affects the area. Highfill’s lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session; the event should wrap up by 9:30 p.m.

Friday’s presentation follows several previous “Think Global, Act Local” programs. In January, the topic was agriculture and how our farmers and agribusinesses fit into the global picture. In February, transportation – particularly the Mississippi River’s role in the global economy – was discussed.

We tip our hat to The Whiteside Forum – a nonpartisan, not-for-profit community group – for the good work its members have done to bring important global issues to the forefront here at home.

Area Bradley University alums ought to make a special effort to turn out to welcome Professor Highfill.

It’s not every day that a respected economics expert visits the Sauk Valley. We encourage people to make the trip from the streets where they live to Madison Street in Morrison to hear the professor’s insights.

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