Image for Dr. Karl Seeley's Faculty Lecture entitled “Social Darwinism in a New Key”

Hartwick’s Seeley to Present Final Faculty Lecture

April 13, 2017

Hartwick College Professor of Economics Dr. Karl Seeley will present “Social Darwinism in a New Key,” the final installment of the 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Friday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Social Darwinism has come to be associated with conservative economic doctrines, based on the idea that government action interferes with the ‘survival of the fittest’ and is therefore harmful to the economy’s proper evolution,” Seeley says. “But if you look at the economy from a more deeply evolutionary perspective, you end up with a very different view of how the economy works and the potential role of government. You also have a different way of teaching macroeconomics.”

At Hartwick College, Seeley teaches environmental economics and macroeconomics, with a focus on the relationship between ecosystems and the economy as a whole. He recently published “Macroeconomics in Ecological Context,” a textbook for intermediate macroeconomics.

Prior to joining the College, Seeley served as an economic analyst for the Washington State Department of Ecology, and obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.

He will be spending the 2017-18 academic year on sabbatical at Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, where he taught in 2010-11 on his last sabbatical.

Throughout the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discussed recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations have taken place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year. The May lecture has been canceled.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Cooper, faculty development committee chair, at 607-431-4254 or