The Lemberg Program in International Economics and Finance was the Brandeis Economics Department’s first graduate program developed in the mid-1980s. Joe Berliner, Anne Carter, Tren Dolbear, Dick Weckstein and I played the most active roles.
Things quickly fell in place. Chancellor Abram Sachar, Brandeis’ founding president, had an office in the Sachar International Center, where our department was located, and liked the project. He introduced us to Suzanne Usdan, who provided a crucial endowment. (Suzanne’s sons John and Adam Usdan came to play critical roles on our Board of Overseers later.) Our colleague Anne Carter, then Dean of the Faculty, and President Evelyn Handler formally established the program in 1986.
We then recruited twelve very bright and adventurous students who became the Lemberg Program’s first graduates in 1989. The Lemberg Program is now housed in the Brandeis International Business School and remains the school’s flagship program.
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The ad below captures the context. It appeared in major US newspapers in 1999 and identified 1989 as the year when the global economy was born. The underlying changes were the central factor motivating our 1985 proposals.
First notices in the Brandeis Reporter
The original Lemberg Program proposal, click for full text
Lemberg Program Catalogs
Is this all there is? Course structure in 1987-88
Lemberg Program Flier 1991
(less sophisticated early marketing flier)
Director’s Reports (comprehensive reports on the progress of our programs)
Fall 1992 (includes proposal for establishing GSIEF)
Spring 1994 (lots of statistics)
Lemberger (wonderful, though short-lived, student newsletter)
Summer 1990 (good recipe for gulasch; recommends staying “forever young”)
Summer 1991 (professors’ famous sayings; racy account of Lemberg social life)
Fall 1991 (accounts of parties; full text of the famous “Finance Dance”)
Fall 1992 (more cooking, more hiking, Halloween!)