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Movies and American Business

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ClassGraphic In this study group, we will watch and discuss films about the best and worst business practices of American companies. Several of the films are based on true stories of corporate corruption and the ensuing scandals, lawsuits, and prosecutions. Subject matter of the films includes anti-competitive practices (monopolies, price fixing, intimidation), market manipulation and insider trading, bribery of government officials for favorable legislative and regulatory treatment, and fraudulent claims about the efficacy or safety of products. We will explore how such unethical or unlawful behaviors are designed to boost corporate earnings, increase market share, and attract big investors; but ultimately victimize consumers, competitors, vendors, unwary investors, and honest employees. Join us for this examination of American business through the lens of such acclaimed and award-winning films as Wall Street (1987), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Aviator (2004), Moneyball (2011), and The Big Short (2015), to name a few. Articles on the subject matter of each film will be sent to study group members a few days before the film is scheduled to be viewed and discussed.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Paul Hurder2.William McGuffage 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/5/2024 - 6/4/2024 Weekly - Tue 01:15 PM - 04:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map William McGuffage  ; Paul Hurder 
/*NOV 14 2020*/