Thursday, February 25, 2010
Bill Megginson is Professor and Rainbolt Chair in Finance at the University of Oklahoma. He is also a voting member of the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance’s Global Advisory Committee on Privatization. He has published refereed articles in several top academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Foreign Policy. Dr. Megginson holds a Ph.D. in finance from Florida State University. He has visited 63 countries and has served as a privatization consultant for the New York Stock Exchange, the OECD, the IMF, the World Federation of Exchanges, and the World Bank.
Scott Smart has been a member of the Finance Department at Indiana University since 1990. He has published articles in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Review of Eco¬nomics and Statistics. His research has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and other major newspapers and periodicals. Professor Smart holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and has been recognized as a master teacher, winning more than a dozen teaching awards, at the graduate level. Some of his consulting clients include Intel and Unext.
John J. Wild is Professor of Business and Vilas Research Scholar at The University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he also received his Ph.D. He has received numerous teaching awards at Wisconsin as well as from Michigan State University. He is a frequent speaker at universities and national and international conferences.
Kahlil Gibran, poet, philosopher, and artist was born in Lebanon, in 1883, and received his primary education in Beruit before emigrating with his parents to Boston in 1895. In 1889 he returned to Lebanon to continue his studies in Arabic before returning to Boston in 1903, around which time he met Mart Haskell, who would become his lifelong benefactor. In 1912, he settled in New York City and devoted himself to writing (both in Arabic and English) and to painting. Gibran died in 1931.