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Among the charges facing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his right-hand man Richard Gates is failing to register as agents of a foreign government, and making false and misleading statements about that. The grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses the men of working on behalf of Ukraine and telling the Justice Department their activities "did not include meetings or outreach within the U.S."

Those charges are controversial, in part because violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act are rarely enforced. Kevin Downing, a lawyer for Manafort, told reporters outside the courthouse that prosecutors have used that "very novel" charge only six times since 1966, winning just one conviction.

On Capitol Hill, however, Senate Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa offered praise for that approach: "It's good to see the Justice Department taking seriously its responsibility to enforce" the law, Grassley said in a written statement.

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On this day 500 years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, fought, worshiped, worked and created art, but also how they ate and drank. For among the things it impacted was a drink beloved throughout the world and especially in Luther's native Germany: beer.

The change in beer production was wrought by the pale green conical flower of a wildly prolific plant: hops.

Every hip craft brewery today peddling expensive hoppy beers owes a debt of gratitude to Luther and his followers for promoting the use of hops as an act of rebellion against the Catholic Church. But why did Protestants decide to embrace this pretty flower, and what did it have to do with religious rebellion?

Teaching Resources

Pedagogy Workshop

Learning Styles

Encouraging Classroom Participation

Inclusive Classrooms

Quantitative Literacy


Some Helpful Documents

Discussion Tools
Active Learning
Course Design
Assembling a Teaching Portfolio

Course Materials for TAs

ECON 103

Stephen Resnick, Fall 2011: Syllabus
Exams, Review Sheets, and Practice Problems for Resnick's Econ 103 available here

ECON 104

Notes from macro pedagogy workshop Spring 2012
Notes from macro pedagogy workshop Fall 2012
Income-Aggregate Expenditure Equilibrium in-class practice exercise

ECON 204

Building up to IS-LM summary review sheet (Chapter numbers refer to the Blanchard intermediate macro text)
AS - AD summary review sheet (Chapter numbers refer to the Blanchard intermediate macro text)

Course Syllabi and Websites

ECON 103

Stephen Resnick, Fall 2011: Syllabus

ECON 104H: Introduction to Macroeconomics (Honors)

Daniel MacDonald, Spring 2009: Syllabus

ECON 204: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

Zoe Sherman, Winter 2012: Syllabus

Professor Stephen Resnick's Economics 305: Marxian Economics

Watch the entire course here.

ECON 311: Money & Banking

Adam Hersh, Winter 2009: Syllabus

ECON 362: American Economic History

Daniel MacDonald, Fall 2009. Syllabus Professor Gerald Friedman's Economics 362: American Economic History. Watch the entire course here.

LEGAL 397LC: Law, Labor, and Capitalism in U.S. History

Daniel MacDonald, Spring 2011 Reading List

Political Economy of the Environment

Nina Eichacker, Spring 2013 Syllabus

African Americans in the U.S. Economy

Nina Eichacker, Spring 2013 Syllabus

Book List

Useful textbooks for teaching heterodox economics, listed alphabetically in Author (Last, First), Title, Publisher: Year format, with one-paragraph reviews/recommendations.

Editors: Gerald Friedman, Fred Moseley, Chris Sturr, and the D&S Collective, The Economic Crisis Reader, 2nd Edition, Dollars & Sense: November 2010. This collection of short, readable articles is a useful book for macro classes. The theme of inequality as an underlying cause of the crisis is a major emphasis. The chapters on fiscal and monetary policy are particularly relevant to connecting the abstract study of the IS-LM model in an intermediate macro class to what happens in the real world. (Or rather, the real U.S. It is very U.S.-focused.)

Multimedia (1): Useful Charts and Graphs

Comparing public and private sector wages over time: The EPI report has charts graphing these variables over time (as well as a nice, quick analysis of the issues).

Print: Articles (Blogs, Newspapers, Magazines)

Political Economy

Mike Konczal, "Parsing the Data and Ideology of the WeAreThe99Percent Tumblr": Studying the issues surrounding #OWS

Quantitative Easing

St. Louis Fed, Quantitative Easing Explained: A good accessible introduction to quantitative easing, with useful references.

Ben Bernanke, 11-4-2010 op-ed in the Washington Post and 7-13-2011 testimony before Congress: Brief and more and somewhat longer statements of the logic of QE, by the Fed chair.

Janet Yellen, 1-8-2011 speech on the asset purchase program: Another Fed insider's explanation of QE.

Felix Salmon, Interview with Greg Ip: A very helpful Q&A on QE from the finance blogger.

Mike Konczal, Interview with Joe Gagnon: Another useful interview on QE.

Useful Papers for Advanced Courses


Ian Fletcher, “The Theory of Comparative Advantage Explained” [pdf] and “The Theory of Comparative Advantage and Why It's Wrong” [pdf]

History of Thought

Yann B. Giraud, "The Political Economy of Textbook Writing: Paul Samuelson and the Making of the First Ten Editions of Economics (1945-1976)"



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