The town of Trento holds an annual Festival of Economics every year around this time, and I was one of the speakers this time around.
A Festival(!) of Economics -- what an idea... But here it works amazingly well. Where else would you see the local townspeople -- grandfather, moms with their babies -- gathered around huge screens in the main square projecting debates among Italian and foreign economists on the Euro or immigration? Where else would you be walking down the main avenue decked out with huge pictures of Geroge Akerlof, Mike Spence, or Tony Atkinson -- all speakers at previous events? Where else would you encounter installation art using books of Gary Becker and Jim Heckman?
And where else would you walk into a tent where local cartoonists have drawn pictures of attending economists, including the one below of yours truly:
My talk at the Festival was called The Future of Globalization. Here is a video of the talk.