The Seventeenth Dale E. Benson Lecture

Glory M. Liu, Johns Hopkins University

Glory M. Liu, Johns Hopkins University. Image Credit: Nicole Marie Photograph

On Thursday October 19, 2023, the PLU community welcomed Glory M. Liu of Johns Hopkins University to present the 17th Dale E. Benson Lecture in Business and Economic History. The lecture took place in the Regency Room of the Anderson University Center. There was also a pre-lecture conversation with Dr. Liu and students in Xavier 201, hosted by Prof. Halvorson.

Dr. Liu’s lecture explored the legacy of Adam Smith in the United States and the influence of Smith’s ideas in American thought, politics, and culture. The talk related to Liu’s recent book Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher became an Icon of American Capitalism (Princeton, 2022).

To watch the lecture in its entirety, please click this link. Feel free to use the resource in your own programming and teaching. For questions about usage and appropriate citation for this resource, contact Michael Halvorson at

Speaker Bio

Glory M. Liu received a PhD in Political Science in 2018 from Stanford University, where she was a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, as well as a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow, one of the University’s highest distinctions for doctoral students.  She holds an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, a secondary MPhil in Classics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in Political Economy and Classics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Liu has been a postdoctoral research associate in the Political Theory Project at Brown University (2018-2020), and a lecturer in the Social Studies department at Harvard University (2020-2023). In May 2023, she was appointed Assistant Director for the Center for Economy and Society and Assistant Research Professor at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Event Details

Speaker: Glory M. Liu, Johns Hopkins University

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Format: In-person lecture

Location: Regency Room, Anderson University Center

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023

This event was free and open to the public.

For more information

For more information about upcoming events, contact Michael Halvorson ( in the Departments of History and Innovation Studies.

About the Lecture Series

The Dale E. Benson Lecture Series in Business and Economic History

Jolita and Dale Benson
Jolita and Dale Benson

Supported by a generous endowment from the Benson Family, the Dale E. Benson Lecture in Business and Economic History is designed to bring leading experts in the fields of history, business, and economics to campus to address the PLU community.

Along with the business and economic history curriculum, the lecture is designed to encourage the study of business organizations, entrepreneurs, workers, products, and consumers, as well as the economic forces that have shaped contemporary culture and society. The program encourages historical reflection, creative problem solving, and ethical leadership across campus.

Previous Lecturers

Glory M. Liu (2023)
Justin Spelhaug (2022)
Sven Beckert (2019)
Alice Steinglass (2018)
Brad Tilden (2017)
Stephen Mihm (2016)

Seth Rockman (2015)
Gary Cross (2014)
Mansel G. Blackford (2013)
Deirdre N. McCloskey (2012)
Peter Coclanis (2011)
Joyce Appleby (2010)

Walter Licht (2009)
Peter H. Lindert (2008)
Naomi R. Lamoreaux (2007)
Richard R. John (2007)
Michael A. Bernstein (2006)