Charles Koch Foundation Awards Grant to Southeast, Paves Way for Study of Leading Economist


Dr. Natallia Gray, assistant professor of economics at Southeast, is the project director for the grant.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016 — The Department of Economics and Finance at Southeast Missouri State University is launching a project entitled, “Man, Economy, and State: Reading Group and a Guest Speaker,” supported by a $5,500 grant awarded by the Charles Koch Foundation.

The Foundation provides support for scholars to explore how free societies improve the wellbeing of people around the world.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to read one of the most important books in economics, discuss it in depth, and form friendships both within and outside the University,” said Dr. Natallia Gray, assistant professor of economics at Southeast, who will serves as the project director for the grant.

As part of the project, a small group of students will read “Man, Economy, and State,” a book by 20th century economist Murray Rothbard. The group, led by Gray, will meet twice a month to discuss the book.

In addition, a guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Salerno, professor of economics and chair of the economics graduate program at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, will visit the Cape Girardeau campus this spring. Salerno will speak about the implications of the book’s ideas for today’s economy.

The grant also will provide funds for students from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina, who will be joining the discussion sessions via Skype, to visit the Southeast Missouri State University campus for the speaker presentation. Students interested in being part of the reading group should contact Gray directly via email at The group will start meeting during the last week of January.