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Fred Thompson Lecture Series: Trade, Tariffs, and Trade Wars: Policy and Practice

President Trump’s announcement of new tariffs is raising concerns about a potential trade war. As part of the Fred P. Thompson Lecture Series at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business, a panel of experts will discuss how trade policies work and the consequences from the recent major changes in U.S. trade policy.


Meredith A. Crowley
Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge
Crowley is an international trade expert often featured in the media. She has recently been a guest on BBC radio and several international news programs discussing the possible impacts of Trump’s tariffs on trade. She is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St. John’s College. She is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Her research on international trade, multinational trade agreements, and trade policy has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, and World Trade Review. Crowley has also worked as a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, taught courses at Georgetown University and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and presented her research at central banks and international institutions around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

Eric Goldner
Senior Director, Sourcing and Costing in Footwear Manufacturing, Columbia Sportswear
Eric Goldner has more than 20 years of global supply chain experience with multibillion dollar consumer goods companies, including, Nike, Wolverine World Wide, Coach, and Keen Footwear. His expertise includes leading cross-functional teams across multiple regions, strategic planning, sourcing, negotiating with vendors and factories, leading organizations thru change, and leveraging technology. Goldner has worked and lived on three different continents—Europe, North America, and Asia. He taught the graduate-level Strategic Cost Management course at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business for its master of science in sports product management program in Portland. He recently joined Columbia Sportswear as senior director of sourcing and costing in the footwear manufacturing group.


Bruce Blonigen
Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, UO Department of Economics
Blonigen exams international trade issues from a microeconomic and political economy perspective, especially with respect to multinational corporations and trade policies. His research has appeared in top journals, including the Journal of International Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, and Review of Industrial Organization, among others. He is currently the dean for faculty and operations at the University of Oregon’s College of Arts and Sciences. He served as interim dean of the Lundquist College of Business in 2016.