BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Diego Mendez-Carbajo, associate professor of economics at Illinois Wesleyan University, will speak on “The Economic Impact of Art & Culture
in Bloomington-Normal” on March 10 at the McLean County Museum of History. His presentation
will be offered through the "Lunch & Learn" Series, a collaboration between the McLean
County Museum of History, the Collaborative Solutions Institute and Illinois Wesleyan.
Mendez-Carbajo will discuss the estimated local economic impact of the 16 largest
arts and cultural organizations in Bloomington-Normal, including the Illinois Shakespeare
Festival, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the McLean County Museum of History.
Mendez-Carbajo’s research is in the area of applied economics. He has served as chairperson
of the economics department at IWU and teaches courses on macroeconomics. He earned
degrees from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Florida International University,
Mendez-Carbajo’s “Lunch & Learn” presentation will take place from 12:10-12:40 p.m.
in the Governor Fifer Courtroom on the second floor of the museum. Attendees are encouraged
to bring a lunch with them to the free event and join in the discussion.