Public finance guru and foodie Harvey Rosen will explore the flavors of Provence, May 10-18, 2014

What do you call a man who literally wrote the book on public finance and is a self-professed "foodie"? Princeton's own Harvey Rosen, who will lead our first "Princeton Passions" program. Join him, May 10-18, 2014, as he dines his way through Provence and learns about the flavors of the region first hand.

We envision the Princeton Passions program as a way for alumni to get to know Princeton professors on a deeply personal level. Instead of engaging Study Leaders solely on their ability to marry a destination with an academic focus, we will periodically design a program to focus on our faculty members' passions or hobbies. Daily excursions will allow our professors to dive into an activity they love in the company of alumni who share that passion. At night, over informal chats, alumni can hear about the professor's academic work and his or her life at the University.

Throughout the week with Professor Rosen in Provence, learn from a Michelin-rated chef through private lessons and demonstrations. Go to the source to learn about such local specialties as chèvre and sample the local wines of the Côte du Rhône. Shop at local markets for field-fresh ingredients and picnic in the scenic countryside. And, of course, eat authentic Provençal cuisine at every opportunity.

Though food will take center stage, there is much else to appreciate in the area. Visit historic Avignon and the fascinating Pont du Gard; understand the inspiration behind Van Gogh, Cezanne and other impressionists' work at Arles and Aix-in Provence; listen to hymns and enjoy the Cistercian architecture at the Abby of Sénanque, where monks cultivate lavender, honey and liqueurs.

Accommodations for the week will be at La Bastide de Capelongue in Bonnieux, one of Provence's historic villages perches, built atop Petit Luberon mountain with fantastic views of the region. Princeton travelers will have exclusive use of the property for this special Princeton Passions Journey.

About the Study Leader

Harvey S. Rosen, the John L. Weinberg Professor of Economics and Business Policy at Princeton University, will be sharing his passion for food as Study Leader on this Princeton Passions Journey.

A member of Princeton's Department of Economics since 1974, he served as Chairman of the department from 1993 to 1996, and was Co-Director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1993 to 2011. From 2007 to 2011 he served as the inaugural master of Princeton's sixth undergraduate residential college, Whitman College.

Professor Rosen has been involved in both the graduate and undergraduate teaching programs at Princeton. In recent years, he has taught undergraduate courses in public finance, taxation and introductory microeconomics, and graduate courses in public finance. From 1989 to 1991 Rosen's audience changed from Princeton students to federal government policy makers, when he served in the US Treasury as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Tax Analysis). During a second stint in Washington from 2003 to 2005, he served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, first as a Member and then as Chairman. In this capacity, he provided advice to the White House on a wide variety of policy issues, including tax reform, social security, health care, energy, the federal budget and financial market regulation.

Rosen's main field of research is public finance. He has published several dozen articles in scholarly journals on this topic, and authored an undergraduate textbook on it as well. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals dealing with public finance and taxation. In 1986 he was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society. In 2007 he received from the National Tax Association its most prestigious award, the Daniel M. Holland Medal for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study and practice of public finance.


Trip Details

  • Dates: May 10-18, 2014
  • Cost: From $4,495 per person
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Orbridge

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