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The mission of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University is to advance the teaching of and research directly related to the virtues of free markets.  The Institute promotes scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, providing a forum that encourages and values discussion and rigorous debate regarding all aspects of free markets.

Weekend Exploring Liberty: Freedom, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

A student seminar hosted by the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

Friday, March 6, 2015 - Saturday, March 7, 2015
Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration, Texas Tech University

Program Schedule

The Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University will co-host an IHS On-Campus Education program titled Freedom, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation on the weekend of March 6-7, 2015. IHS On-Campus Education programs examine the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues. The programs bring together undergraduates and recent graduates for an introduction to classical liberal ideas through an informative and enjoyable collection of lectures, discussions, and evening socials.

The seminar will take place in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. Featured speakers include:

  • Prof. Peter Boettke - University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University

  • Mr. John Papola - CEO and Creative Director at Emergent Order

  • Dr. Edward Stringham - Associate Professor of Business Economics at Texas Tech University

Current undergraduate and graduate students at Texas Tech University and other academic institutions and faculty and staff at Texas Tech University may register to attend the seminar at no charge. Registration includes all lectures, educational materials, meals and snacks. Register here!

Participants traveling from outside the Lubbock area are responsible for making travel arrangements at their own expense. Please note that the Free Market Institute has secured a limited number of double occupancy rooms at a local hotel and will accommodate participants traveling from outside reasonable driving distance at no charge until the room block fills.

Members of the local community who have no current or recent university affiliation are welcome to attend, but must pay a $150 registration fee. Such individuals should use the registration link provided above. After completing that registration form, a Free Market Institute staff member will provide further instructions to complete pay the fee and complete registration.

More details, including a full schedule of speakers and topics, will made available in the coming weeks.

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The Free Market Institute (FMI), in conjunction with KTTZ-TV, produces Free to Exchange, an interview-based television program that focuses on contemporary economic and public policy issues. Check out the latest episode here. The FMI maintains a catalog of past episodes on its Free to Exchange page.

In the Media

  • Op-Ed - February 14, 2015 - Wall Street altruism fueling low gas prices? - Washington Examiner - Dr. Powell addresses the recent decline in the world market price of oil and its concomitant impact on the price of gasoline at the pump, asking the question of whether we ought to thank investors on Wall Street for their sudden outburst of kindness.

  • Podcast Interview - February 11, 2015 - In Defense of Sweatshops: Political Badger Interview with Dr. Benjamin Powell - Jack Thomspon interviews Dr. Powell for the Political Badger podcast where they discuss the free market, today's economy, and sweatshops.

  • Radio Interview - January 23, 2015 - Dr. Kathleen Sheehan Talks Cuba - KFYO News/Talk 790 AM - Dr. Sheehan joined Chad Hasty to discuss the proposed changes in U.S. economic policy toward Cuba.


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