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(Mahwah) – Edward W. Ryan, the Ryan-Bacardi Professor of Economics at Manhattanville College, will be the guest lecturer at The First Annual Sebastian J. Raciti Memorial Lecture and Dinner on Wednesday, October 13 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Friends Hall on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey. The public is invited to attend the lecture and dinner, sponsored by the Center for Business and Public Policy of Ramapo College and the Ramapo College Business Network. Friends Hall is located in the College’s Student Center.

Ryan’s topic is Economic Freedom and Public Policy.” He is the founder and director of the Manhattanville College Economic Freedom Institute, which has as its mission the study of economic freedom in a scholarly manner. Ryan is the author of Virtue, Liberty and Happiness: The Story of Economic Freedom in America. The popular lecturer is the recipient of several teaching awards. The professor was a long-time friend of Sebastian J. Raciti, in whose memory the event was established.

For thirty-one years, Sebastian J. Raciti (1934 – 2003) served in various roles that were instrumental in the development of Ramapo College. Known as Sib, he was one of the founding faculty, arriving in the College’s second year.

We are delighted that we will be inaugurating the annual Sebastian J. Raciti Memorial Lecture and Dinner,” says Dr. Murray Sabrin, executive director of the Center for Business and Public Policy. Dr. Raciti’s long-time friend, Professor Ed Ryan will talk about economic freedom and public policy. In addition, we will award the first annual Sebastian J. Raciti scholarship in honor of Sib. A student will be chosen who best exemplifies Sib’s lifetime qualities: integrity, leadership, character and scholarship.”

Raciti held various posts during his tenure including director of the School of Metropolitan and Community Studies, dean of the School of Administration and Business, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement and professor of economics. He was also the director of the Governor’s School for International Studies, a summer program for gifted high school students. In his administrative roles, he helped design new academic programs, raised funds to support new initiatives and scholarships and recruited new faculty.

Tickets are $75 per person. To reserve a seat, call 201.684.7373 or e-mail cbpp@ramapo.edu.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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