The Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath Economics course Roosevelt University

Curious about Stephen T. Ziliak’s Grapes of Wrath-based introduction to economics?

In November 2011, about 70 Harvard students  joined together in protest against Greg Mankiw’s introduction to economics course, which Mankiw famously teaches at Harvard College.  After the student walk out on Mankiw, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) went in search of alternative instruction.  They interviewed me about my  Grapes of Wrath course which I have taught in departments of economics since August 1996.  Here is the interview, “Professors Share Their Experience Teaching Intro to Econ”

Skeptical? Intrigued?

Watch this short video featuring Ziliak and other economists interviewed by INET at the Bretton Woods Conference.

Read more at:

Economist’s View, “A Bluesy Road-Novel with a Lot of Economic Theory and Analysis,” by Mark Thoma (Economics, University of Oregon).

Better Living Through Beowulf, “Steinbeck Makes Microeconomics Real,” by Robin Bates (English, St. Mary’s College Maryland)

AntiCap, “We are not Mankiw,” by David Ruccio (Economics, University of Notre Dame).

The Iowa Alumni Review [feature article on Stephen Ziliak’s teaching methods], “Brother, Can You Spare 17 Syllables?”, by Tina Owen (Editor), Dec. 2009.

Stephen T Ziliak teaching in Paris