A Sacred Heart University economist will discuss the roles of central banks in current U.S. and European financial turmoil during a series of three lectures at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

The lectures by John Gerlach will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on three successive Wednesdays -- Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6. The series is free.

The series was arranged by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and is sponsored by the Rene D. Fisher Foundation. It will cover the roles of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank in the financial turmoil on both continents.

Gerlach has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and held positions in corporate finance before joining the faculty at Sacred Heart. He is an associate professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in finance.

For more information, call the center at 203-341-5099 or visit it at 21 Imperial Ave.