Nicole Gelinas, of the Manhattan Institute, will give the BB&T Distinguished Lecture, "Has free-market capitalism failed us?" at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Assembly Hall of the Holtzman Alumni Center at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

The talk, hosted by the Pamplin College of Business and part of its BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series on Capitalism, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. 

Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the institute and a contributing editor of its City Journal magazine. She writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and other business issues.

She is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Her most recent book is "After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street — and Washington," published in 2009.

Her analysis and opinion pieces have appeared in major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. She has also written for Crain's New York Business and National Review Online.

She formerly worked as a business journalist for Thomson Financial in New York, where she covered the international syndicated-loan and private-debt markets. She wrote a regular op-ed column for the New York Post.

Gelinas received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Tulane University.

The BB&T lecture series is part of a Pamplin teaching program to explore the foundations of capitalism and freedom. The program’s undergraduate and graduate courses examine alternative economic systems, including socialism and communism, and compare them with the economic solutions offered by free markets. For more information, please contact finance professor and program director Douglas Patterson.

The program was established in 2007 in the college’s finance department with a $1 million gift from BB&T Charitable Foundation.

Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Leanne Brownlee-Bowen at 540-231-7251 or email lbrownle@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.