Problem-solving the Creative Economy

A Year’s Weekly Columns and Brazilian Research Update

Ann Markusen’s weekly columns on national, state and local politics/policies and celebrating rural/urban connections and synergies are currently running in four northeastern Minnesota weeklies: Cloquet Pine Journal, Floodwood Forum, Grand Rapids Herald, and Voyageur (McGregor MN) and occasionally on MinnPost. The pre-publication versions, often with photos, are now compiled in four sets, accessible by clicking on the cover photos above. Recent titles from that past six months of interest to broader audiences: Revelations Way Overdue, The Rural-Urban Connection, Making Sense of the Tax Bill, How Industrial Arts Matter, How Brazilians are a Lot like Us, Fair Trade not Free Trade, Why Unions are Good for Us All, Why Tax Breaks for Iffy Jobs are Bad Economic Development.

During a month’s sojourn in Brazil at the invitation of Professor Clelio Campolina Diniz, mid-August to mid-September, Markusen and Campolina began an intensive study of Inhotim, a new contemporary art museum and botanical gardens in Minas Gerais. Markusen also completed a scholarly retrospective of Campolina’s contributions as a leading Latin American Regional Economist and his service as Rector of UFMG and most recently, Minister of Science and Technology for Brazil. Forthcoming in 2018.


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