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Carson College of Business Brinson Lecture

Brinson Lecture Series

Annual Fall Event

Listen to top minds in finance and economics

The Gary P. Brinson Distinguished Lecture Series spotlights experts whose ideas have transformed the fields of finance and economics. Lecturers have included Nobel Laureates, the “father” of the index fund, a pioneer in behavioral finance, and notable authors.

Engage in thought-provoking discussions

A lively Q & A session will follow each lecture, giving you the opportunity to pose questions and delve into the selected topics.

Free and open to the public

Lectures are held on the Pullman campus.

The lecture series is made possible by the generous support of Gary Brinson, WSU alumnus and acclaimed global investing authority.

Past speakers


John Campbell

John Y. Campbell is the Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He has published over 80 articles on various aspects of finance and macroeconomics, including fixed-income securities, equity valuation, and portfolio choice. Campbell served as President of the American Finance Association in 2005 and as President of the International Atlantic Economic Society in 2009. He is a Research Associate and former Director of the Program in Asset Pricing at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.


David Darst

Financier, educator, and author, David Darst is a senior advisor to and a member of the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Global Investment Committee. Mr. Darst was the founding President of the Morgan Stanley Investment Group, and the founding Chairman of the Morgan Stanley Asset Allocation Committee.


Darrell Duffie

Author of “How Big Banks Fail,” Darrell Duffie is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He conducts research in the areas of asset valuation, risk management, credit risk modeling, and fixed-income and equity markets.


Henry J. Herrmann

Henry Herrmann is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., a national asset management and distribution company with $100 billion of assets under management. He is an investment expert with more than 40 years of experience in portfolio management, fund management and investment leadership.

Fall 2010

Gary Brinson

The founder and retired chair of Brinson Partners Inc., Brinson is a nationally recognized authority on global investing. In 1999, he received the Award for Professional Excellence from the Association for Investment Management Research. After his retirement in 2000, the Brinson family created The Brinson Foundation, a philanthropic organization.

Spring 2010

Edward C. Prescott

Edward C. Prescott was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2004 for his work in “dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles.” He is currently the W. P. Carey Chair in economics in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and Senior Monetary Adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.


Richard Roll

Finance expert Richard Roll is best known for his work on portfolio theory and asset pricing. In 1969 he co-authored the first event study that sought to analyze how stock prices respond to an event. Roll holds the Japan Alumni Chair in Finance at University California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management, and is a principal of the consulting firm, Compensation Valuation, Inc.


Martin Fridson

The New York Times dubbed Martin Fridson “one of Wall Street’s most thoughtful and perceptive analysts.” A highly acclaimed author, Fridson writes for the popular audience as well as professional and academic readers. His works focus on the political economy, investments, and the history of financial markets. In 2000, Fridson became the youngest person ever inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame.


Richard H. Thaler

A pioneer in the fields of behavioral economics and finance, Richard Thaler has specialized in the study of decision making for saving and investing. He is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, where he directs the Center for Decision Research. He also co-directs the behavioral economics project at the National Bureau of Economic Research..


William F. Sharpe

Recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, William Sharpe is one of the originators of the Capital Asset Pricing Model, used to determine a theoretically appropriate required rate of return of an asset. He also developed the Sharpe Ratio for investment performance analysis, the binomial method for the valuation of options, the gradient method for asset allocation optimization, and returns-based style analysis for evaluating the style and performance of investment funds. He is the STANCO 25 Professor of Finance Emeritus at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.


Harry Markowitz

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990, Harry Markowitz is best known for his pioneering work in modern portfolio theory. He has studied the effects of asset risk, return, correlation and diversification on probable investment portfolio returns.  Markowitz is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at University of California San Diego.


John Bogle

John Bogle is the founder of the Vanguard Group, Inc., one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world, and President of Vanguard’s Bogle Financial Markets Research Center.  In 2004, TIME magazine named Bogle as one of the world’s 100 most powerful and influential people. Dr. Bogle is also a best-selling author. His five books have sold over a half million copies.


Myron Scholes

Myron Scholes was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his new method of determining the value of derivatives. He is the co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model. His research has focused on taxation of asset prices and incentives. Dr. Scholes is the Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Robert J. Shiller

Robert Shiller was one of three scholars awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for their empirical analysis of asset prices.” He is the Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics at Yale University and a Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center for Finance within the Yale School of Management. He has written widely on financial markets, financial innovation, behavioral economics, macroeconomics, real estate, statistical methods, and on public attitudes, opinions, and moral judgments regarding markets.


Department of Finance and Management Science

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