John T. Vucurevich Foundation Presents Annual Speaker Series

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MEDIA CONTACT: Carmen Hansen, Event Coordinator, 605-343-3141, WHAT:                       John T. Vucurevich Foundation                                             Presents Annual Speaker Series                                             "An Evening with Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner," Best Selling Authors of                                              FREAKONOMICS WHEN:                       Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7:00 P.M. WHERE:                      Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre, Rapid City, SD HOW MUCH:                 Tickets:            $7.00 adults $3.00 students STEVEN LEVITT AND STEPHEN DUBNER, BEST SELLING AUTHORS OF FREAKONOMICS WILL SPEAK IN RAPID CITY ON APRIL 14, 2009 Rapid City, SD - The John T. Vucurevich Foundation will host "An Evening with Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner," Best-Selling Authors of FREAKONOMICS, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 7:00 P.M.  A full professor in the University of Chicago's economics department, Steven D. Levitt is the recipient of the American Economic Association's prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, given to the country's best economist under 40.  More recently, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World." Steven Levitt not only discusses the financial crisis in simple terms that anyone can understand, he also works with businesses to apply his FREAKONOMICS approach to the business world.  What interests Levitt most is cheating, corruption and crime.  The Wall Street Journal has said, "If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt"; he has shown other economists just how well their tools can make sense of the real world. When Stephen J. Dubner (co-author of FREAKONOMICS) profiled Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, he was beset by questions, queries, riddles and requests - from General Motors and the New York Yankees and U.S. senators but also from prisoners and parents and a man who sold bagels.  A former Tour de France champion called him to ask his help in proving that the current Tour is rife with doping; the Central Intelligence Agency wanted to know how Levitt might use data to catch terrorists. Stephen Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist and TV personality who lives in New York City.  He spent several years at the New York Times as an editor and writer, and has also written for the The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere.  His journalism has been published in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Crime Writing.  He has been writing since he was a child; his first published work appeared in Highlights Magazine. Originally published in the U.S. in 2005, FREAKONOMICS instantly became a cultural phenomenon.  Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend more than two years on The New York Times bestseller list, having sold more than 3 million copies around the world, in more than 30 languages.  Levitt and Dubner have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular FREAKONOMICS blog.  Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show how economics is, at root, the study of incentives - that is, how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. The John T. Vucurevich Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations committed to helping the poor, distressed, under privileged, the advancement of the arts, education & science, and promotion of social welfare in South Dakota with preference given to the West River area and in particular the Black Hills region. In addition to the Foundation's philanthropic work, its founder, John Vucurevich, thoroughly enjoyed bringing foreign dignitaries and others with diverse view points on a multitude of topics to Rapid City.  Thus began, "An Evening With..." speaker series in 1993, providing an educational opportunity for the general public.  Ticket sales cover only a portion of the cost of this event, the remaining cost is paid for by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation and is a gift to the people of this community. Ticket cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, and can be purchased at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office at 1-800-GOT-MINE, 605-394-4111 or  Tickets go on sale March 9, 2009.  All seating will be reserved. Cameras, recording and video equipment will be prohibited the night of the performance.

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