Lunchtime Lectures is a new series of events intended to give alumni a taste of their college days.

Sanford Leeds 

“The Great Disconnect: Ideas from the Economy and the Markets” 

Friday, October 16  
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

Catch up on the financial world with a discussion on current events in the economy and the stock and bond markets.

Sandy Leeds has just started his 20th year on the Finance Department faculty at The University of Texas. He served as President of The MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C. for 13 of those years. Leeds teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses, including corporate finance, advanced corporate finance, public policy (long-term issues in the markets), investments, portfolio management/security analysis, macroeconomics, and money and capital markets. He has a JD from The University of Virginia School of Law, an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in investment management from The University of Alabama.  Leeds is a member of the Texas State Bar and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Prior to joining the faculty, Leeds managed money for a private money management firm, one of four portfolio managers responsible for approximately $1.6 billion of assets. He spent the majority of his time analyzing publicly traded companies. He also has extensive experience implementing option strategies. 

In addition to money management experience, Leeds also has significant legal experience. He has conducted approximately 100 jury trials and 100 bench trials. He has participated in the regulation of the securities industry, conducting the hearing against most of the principals involved in the Sterling Foster case (a $75 million fraud). Leeds has also advised attorneys on financial related litigation involving options, hedge funds, and other matters.

Dr. Sam Woolley 

“Social Media, Propaganda, and Elections” 

Monday, November 2  
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

Explore the ways in which social media and other digital platforms are used as tools for spreading propaganda, disinformation, and politically motivated harassment with examples from the 2020 election and other international political events.

Samuel C. Woolley is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the project director for propaganda research at the Center for Media Engagement (CME) at UT.

Woolley is currently a research associate at the Project for Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University. He has held past research affiliations at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California at Berkeley.

Woolley’s research is focused on how emergent technologies are used in and around global political communication. His work on computational propaganda—the use of social media to manipulate public opinion—has revealed the ways in which a wide variety of political groups worldwide have leveraged tools like bots, trending algorithms, tactics of disinformation, and trolling to control information flows online.

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