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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS 2018

The Economic Club of Sheboygan hosts four speakers in a calendar year. The information to the right reflects the list of speakers for the club’s calendar year and holds additional information about the speaker and the topic they’ll be speaking about.

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JOHN SILVIA

John Silvia
Dr. John Silvia is the CEO and Founder of Dynamic Economic Strategy. Previously he was managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte,N.C., he held this position for 16 years.

Dr. Silvia has also worked on Capitol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. SenateJoint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Before that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc.

October 11, 2018

JOHN GURDA

Title of Talk: "Made in Milwaukee: A Case Study of Southeastern Wisconsin's Economy."

John GurdaJohn Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of twenty-two books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries, and places of worship. Gurda’s most ambitious efforts are The Making of Milwaukee, the first full-length history of the community published since 1948; and Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, a geographic companion that has quickly become the standard work on grassroots Milwaukee. Together the books total more than 900 pages and feature 2,000 illustrations. The Making of Milwaukee was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee Public Television in 2006.

In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. in English from Boston College, and he holds an M.A. in Cultural Geography and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The common thread in all of Gurda’s work is an understanding of history as “why things are the way they are.”

October 31, 2018