USF Hosts "Freakonomics" Author

Journalist and radio and TV personality Stephen Dubner will present a lecture at the Tampa Theatre on Feb. 16.


By Meghan Mangrum

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2012) – The University of South Florida is hosting award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality Stephen J. Dubner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at the Tampa Theatre.


Dubner is best-known for his New York Times best selling books, “Freakonomics” and “SuperFreakonomics,” co-authored with the economist Steven D. Levitt, which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages.


The book “Freakonomics” combines economics and popular culture. They explore questions such as whether a pool or a gun is more dangerous and if the legalization of abortion affected violent crime rates. They take data and present it in a way to uncover answers to simple, everyday questions about society.


The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a documentary film and Freakonomics Radio, a public-radio project that Dubner hosts.


Dubner is also the author of three other books and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time and others. The USF Bookstore will be selling copies of “Freakonomics” at the Tampa Theatre, and Dubner will sign copies of his book following the event.


The event is free and open to the public. The Tampa Theatre is a historic movie palace located at 711 North Franklin Street in downtown Tampa. The venue seats 1,300 guests and doors open at 5:30 p.m.  


On-street parking spaces near Tampa Theatre are free after 6 p.m. and the closest city parking garage is the Poe Garage on Ashley Drive and Cass Street. Also, located on Franklin Street is a parking lot in front of the National Bank for event parking. There is a parking meter present that accepts Visa and MasterCard as well as exact currency.


Disabled patrons can be dropped off at the entrance to the Theatre or can secure on-street parking if they arrive early. The first four hours are free with a disabled parking tag.


This event is part of the Frontier Forum series, presented by USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty, USF Office of the Provost, USF College of Arts and Sciences and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

For more information, call 813-974-2804.