Eric Graf, visiting assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, speaks about the monetary policy and the economy on Coy Barefoot.
Graf connects the dots between the fall of the Spanish Empire and the House of Hapsburg with the fiscal challenges now facing the United States, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke and the very real threat of inflation in the 21st century.
“We’ve been here before. There are lessons to be taught in history. What has happened will happen again. What America is experiencing now is similar to 16th century Spain,” he says in the podcast.
Graf specializes in medieval and early modern Spain, modern Latin American fiction, 19th Century Romanticism, avant-guard poetry and the Popol Vuh.