BHSU professor to speak about the American economy, executive pay and bailouts at next Geek Speak

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Categories: 2015








            Byron Hollowell



A Black Hills State University professor will discuss the American economy during the next Geek Speak lecture.

Dr. Byron Hollowell, assistant professor of finance at BHSU, will discuss the American economy, executive compensation and government bailouts, during his lecture, "Robin Hood Redux: How through Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), CEOs Rob from the Poor and Pay the Rich". The presentation is Thursday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Executive compensation, or executive pay, is the financial compensation and other non-financial awards received by an executive from his or her firm. Hollowell has researched more than 100 American companies and collected data on executive compensation within these companies. He will weigh in on the pros and cons of the practice during his lecture.

"There has been a lot of press about executive compensations and the government bailout. It&rsquos a popular topic," Hollowell said.

Hollowell will showcase his research and data, which he said will show how both sides of the economic debate are wrong. Hollowell is putting aside ideology and letting the "data speak," he added.

"It&rsquos a great opportunity for students to look at our economy. It&rsquos almost like a hyperbole, this extreme example of what happens when you have free markets, companies too big to fail and government intervention. It might be a hundred years until this economic situation occurs again," said Hollowell.

Geek Speak, an academic lecture and discussion series, is sponsored by the University Honors Program is held every Thursday at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 110 on the BHSU campus.

Upcoming topics include:

Oct. 22 &ndash "Outgrowing Optimism" hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline

Oct. 29 &ndash "He Who Fears the Wolf Should Never Enter the Forest:  Werewolves Among Us" hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika

Nov. 5 &ndash "Studying Society through the Apocalyptic Novel: The Road, The Year of the Flood, The Stand, and On the Beach" hosted by Dr. Laura Colmenero Chilberg

Nov. 12 &ndash "Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World&rsquos Rights" hosted by Dr. Nikki Dragone

Nov. 19 &ndash "Perspectives on Hunger" hosted by Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. John Alsup

To confirm topics, dates, and room numbers, check the BHSU Campus Calendar at

For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, director of the University Honors Program and assistant professor of English, at (695) 642-6918 or

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