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Economists Talk About ‘Our Great Recession’

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 10:19 am / November 3, 2009

November’s Fettuccine Forum will feature two local economists and their take on “Our Great Recession.”

Eberle200x200David Eberle, Boise city councilman and economist, will host the discussion with Samia Islam, a professor of economics at Boise State, on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Rose Room at 718 W. Idaho Street in downtown Boise. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the presentation at 5:30 p.m. Free appetizers will be served and fettuccine will be available for $6, catered by Life’s Kitchen.

Eberle, a native of Boise, operates his own economic consulting firm and is a small business owner. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Nebraska and has taught economics courses at Boise State and College of Idaho. He is the author of several articles for The Western Planner and the Association of Idaho Cities.

Islam200x200Islam joined the Department of Economics at Boise State as an assistant professor in 2004. She received her doctorate from West Virginia University the same year, focusing on urban and regional economics. Islam serves on several Boise and Treasure Valley planning committees.

The Fettuccine Forum is a free public lecture series on First Thursdays during Boise State’s academic year. Lively and informal, the monthly event invites the public to interact with politicians, artists, historians, activists, advocates and professionals in an effort to promote good citizenship and responsible growth through education.

The Fettuccine Forum is produced by the Boise City Department of Arts & History in conjunction with Boise State’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, with support from Park Lane Management and other sponsors.

This month’s forum includes a companion workshop taught by Eberle Nov. 5-7 titled “Boise’s Urban Core: Past Problems, Future Trends.” Workshops are offered for graduate and undergraduate credit. Register at For more information contact

The next Forum will be Feb. 4 and will feature Carter McNichol discussing “Streetcar Architecture: Portland’s Transit-friendly Downtown.”