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PEP Talks Research Seminar

PPE Tradition

Launched in the fall of 2018, Pepperdine's PEP Talks Research Seminar is rooted in the PPE tradition that started in the 1920s at Oxford University. Rooted in a gathering of faculty and students, the tradition calls for an interdisciplinary exploration between the fields of philosophy, economics, and political science (PEP) . This type of program is centered around the view that, in order to understand social phenomena, it is prudent to employ several analytical frameworks and various disciplinary methods.

Located on the Malibu Seaver Campus in the Appleby Center, room AC 290, and meeting on Wednesdays from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm., each gathering will feature:

  • Pepperdine professors and outside academics presenting their current research
  • Researchers having an opportunity to receive feedback from colleagues and students about their work
  • Students having the opportunity to see current academic work presented as well as be participatory in the academic feedback mechanism
  • An openness to all inquiring and intellectually curious minds
  • Donuts

If you are interested in presenting your current research at an upcoming meeting, please contact Julia Norgaard.

Upcoming Dates, Fall 2022:

Date Presenter Paper Title / Topic

October 12, 2022

Julia Norgaard

Are Special Economic Zones Products of Corruption?

October 26, 2022

Garrett Pendergraft

Cultural Appropriation and the Marketing of Cinco de Mayo

November 16, 2022

Jared Ashworth

Changes in Wage Returns to Schooling and Early Work Experience for Young Women: The Changing Cost of Family
November 30, 2022

Thummim Cho

Heat as a Sedative: A Natural Experiment on Noise Trading


Past Schedules