A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Genius of American Prosperity

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

July 16, 2012: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

In this election year, hear Professor Luigi Zingales explain why the "American Dream" is disappearing and what we must do to save the system that made the United States the envy of the world In his new book, "A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity", Zingales cuts through the liberal–conservative, Democrat–Republican rhetoric. "What is necessary is nothing less than a rethinking of traditional political categories," according to Zingales.


Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus
First Floor Lobby & Auditorium
1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, Illinois

Driving Directions:

From I-88, take the Naperville Road exit.  At bottom of exit ramp, turn south (left turn if coming from the East) onto Freedom Drive.  Go to "T" (Diehl Road) and turn right onto Diehl Road for 2-3 blocks.  Northern Illinois University - Naperville will be on your left, across from the Hampton Inn. Turn left onto drive at west end of NIU building.  Park in rear and enter center doors.  Roundtable registration desk will be just inside the center doors.


$25.00 for general public; $20.00 for Chicago Booth alumni, students and faculty.  Additional $5.00 discount if register by July 11th.


Register Online

Register by July 11th to receive $5.00 discount.

Deadline: 7/16/2012


6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Networking & Light Refreshments

7:15 PM-8:15 PM: Program with Speaker

Speaker Profiles

Luigi Zingales (Speaker)
Professor, Chicago Booth

In A Capitalism for the People, Professor Zingales examines the roots of the recent economic and political crises, from cronyism between big business and government, to the deleterious effects of lobbying and government subsidies, to the uneasy alliance between academic economists and the industries they analyze.

His elegant blueprint of solutions calls for lessening income disparities, reducing government subsidies and regulations, and creating greater transparency. Zingales maps out his plan in an engaging manner that suits his message of populism. His fundamental message: We need to get the system back in order before even more Americans lose faith. We need to take back the great system of equal-opportunity capitalism for the people.

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and the David G. Booth Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He is Vice President of the American Finance Association, a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Lead Independent Director of Telecom Italia. He is the coauthor of Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists.


Bill Wentz, '88 
Roundtable Chair