BLUFFTON — Cynthia Bandish, English and language department chair at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, “Coin Tricks: Economic Forces in Neil Gaiman’s Novels,” at 4 p.m. today in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Part of her discussion will focus on the novels “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and “American Gods,” which ask questions about economic structures and capitalism when “magical money” is introduced into the economy.

According to Bandish, these questions allow us to think of the novels not just as fantasy but also as “commentary on contemporary economics.”

This event is free and open to the public.