See You in the Metaverse: A Primer on Crypto & NFTs

THREE MONDAYS, OCTOBER 10, 17, & 24, 6:00–7:30 P.M.


The worlds of finance and banking are changing rapidly. Terms like De-Fi, cryptocurrency, blockchain, Ethereum and Bitcoin are dominating our news feeds.

This three-part lecture series begins with a talk by Manolo Sanchez as he explores the language of digital assets, their impact on financial services, the main types of crypto assets (Bitcoin, Ethereum, tokens, stablecoins, and privacy coins) and how they are issued and held. In the second part of the series, Jeff Davis will dive into the world of non-fungible tokens, exploring what they are, how they are made, and how they are rocking the art world with prices in the hundreds of millions. Finally, the third talk by Manolo Sanchez will complete his discussion of digital assets.

Manolo Sanchez is an adjunct professor in management at Rice University’s Jones School of Business where he teaches disruption in financial services with a focus on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Mr. Sanchez is the former CEO of BBVA Compass. He has earned degrees from Yale University, the London School of Economics, and the College of Europe in Belgium.

Jeff Davis holds an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Davis is an artist, author, and founder of Davis Editions, a contemporary print publisher and online sales platform. He is the Chief Creative Officer of Art Blocks Inc., a platform focused on genuinely programmable, on-demand generative content that is stored immutably on the Ethereum blockchain.

Monday, October 10: Manolo Sanchez explores digital assets (part 1). A recording is available below.

Monday, October 17: Jeff Davis discusses NFT’s and the art world.

Monday, October 24: Manolo Sanchez explores digital assets (part 2).

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