Lord and Lady Eatwell to join USC faculty
Lord John Eatwell, a well-known British economist, member of the House of Lords and president of Queens’ College, Cambridge, and Lady Eatwell (known professionally as Suzi Digby), an acclaimed choral conductor and recipient of the Order of the British Empire for services to music education, have been appointed to the USC faculty for the fall semester by president C. L. Max Nikias.
“Lord and Lady Eatwell are dynamic leaders and educators in economics and music, respectively, and they have worked within their fields to advance society and improve the quality of people’s lives,” Nikias said. “They exemplify the relationship between knowledge and public service that we seek to foster at USC. We are so pleased to welcome Lord and Lady Eatwell to the Trojan Family.”
Lord Eatwell will join the faculty of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where he will teach a graduate course in the Department of Economics on Classical Economic Theory and Its Critics, and an undergraduate course in the School of International Relations on Global Economy 2020. For the latter course, he will invite six prominent political figures and experts to give guest lectures on crucial factors and policy issues that will influence global society over the coming decade.
“USC Dornsife is proud to anchor the university’s commitment to research and teaching in economics, international relations and global affairs, and this mission will be greatly advanced by Lord Eatwell’s addition to our faculty,” said dean Howard Gillman. “He brings extraordinary distinction and expertise to our community, and through his leadership, hundreds of Dornsife students will have a chance to explore the most pressing global challenges by hearing directly from the world’s most influential analysts and important public figures.”
Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell) will join the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music, where she will teach an undergraduate course on English choral literature with Nick Strimple, a professor of choral music and an acclaimed composer, conductor and scholar. In addition to teaching, she will be involved with a variety of artistic and educational endeavors within USC Thornton.
“We plan to use Suzi Digby’s expertise and enthusiasm for music education and arts advocacy in a variety of ways, from guest lectures in other classes to acting as an ambassador for the arts with donors and arts leaders,” said Robert Cutietta, dean of USC Thornton. “We feel that she will quickly be recognized as a leader in the arts community of Los Angeles and work to position the Thornton School to better serve the artistic and educational programs of the city.”
Lord Eatwell has had a distinguished career as a scholar and in politics. He has taught economics at Cambridge since 1970 and serves as professor of financial policy in Cambridge’s Judge Business School. He served as an adviser to the British Labour Party leader from 1985 to 1992 and then as principal opposition spokesperson on treasury and economic affairs in the House of Lords from 1993 to 1997.
During the last session of Parliament, Lord Eatwell served on the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords, and he is currently the opposition spokesperson for treasury within the House. He also is the adviser to several private equity firms and a trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research, a U.K. think tank that he helped establish.
Digby is founder and principal of the Voices Foundation, a music education charity that works to establish sustainable music education programs in the U.K.’s elementary schools. In 1990, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, which she used to travel and study in Finland, Hungary, Canada and the United States, focusing on methods of choral training and music education.
In 1993, she was appointed by Yehudi Menuhin to spearhead the U.K. branch of his MUS-E project, and in 1998 she launched Singing Schools, a five-year program in South Africa involving 70 schools in Soweto and Johannesburg. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a council member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the acting director of music at Queens’ College. She has established several choral groups, including Coro, an adult chamber choir, and Voce, a chamber choir for young adults.