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September 12  October 10  November 14  

Why the North Should Have Seceded from the South: The Political Economy of Slavery and Secession

Jeffrey Rogers HummelDr. Jeffrey Hummel
Professor of Economics
San Jose State University

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Red Raider Ballroom, Student Union Building (SUB)
5:30 - 6:30 PM

About the Speaker

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel is a professor of economics and history at San Jose State University. He is the author of Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, the second edition of which was released in November 2013. Hummel is also a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.

He wrote the scripts for audio tapes produced by Knowledge Products on the Constitution (narrated by Walter Cronkite) and on American Wars (narrated by George C. Scott). His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Economic History, Econ Journal Watch, the Texas Law Review, the Independent Review, the International Philosophical Quarterly, the Chapman Law Review, and such popular publications as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Investor's Business Daily, The Freeman, and Liberty Fund's Library of Economics and Liberty.

He has also contributed to such volumes as Boom and Bust Banking (David Beckworth, ed.), Government and the American Economy (Price Fishback, ed.), The Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography, Reassessing the Presidency (John V. Denson, ed.), and Arms, Politics, and the Economy (Robert Higgs, ed.).

Prof. Hummel, a former National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also worked as Publications Director at the Independent Institute and was a tank platoon leader in the U.S. Army.

This program is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public.

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The Political Argument Today

George F. WillDr. George F. Will
America's Foremost Political Columnist

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Allen Theatre, Student Union Building (SUB)
5:30 - 6:45 PM

About the Speaker

George F. Will is today's most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today, it appears twice weekly in approximately 500 newspapers in the United States and in Europe. In addition, he currently serves as a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.

In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011. In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns. Altogether eight collections of Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being "One Man's America." In 1990, Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months and was most recently reissued on April 13, 2010, as a 20th Anniversary special edition with a new introduction in paperback.

In 1998, Scribner published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Dr. Will on baseball. His most recent book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, was released March 25, 2014. Dr. Will was a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.

For 32 years, beginning as a founding member in 1981, he was a panelist on ABC television's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He has taught Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine.

This program is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Todd J. Zywicki
Foundation Professor of LawDr. Todd Zywicki
Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University

Grand Auditorium, Rawls College of Business
5:30 - 6:30 PM

About the Speaker

Todd J. Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is also a Senior Fellow of the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy Program on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, at George Mason University, a Senior Fellow of the Goldwater Institute, and a Fellow of the International Centre for Economic Research in Turin, Italy.

Prof. Zywicki has lectured and consulted with government officials around the world, including Iceland, Italy, Japan, Canada, and Guatemala. In 2006 Professor Zywicki served as a Member of the United States Department of Justice Study Group on "Identifying Fraud, Abuse, and Errors in the United States Bankruptcy System." He has testified several times before Congress on issues of consumer bankruptcy law and consumer credit.

Professor Zywicki is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals and is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the print and broadcast media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes, Nightline, National Review, NBC Nightly News, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Fox and Friends, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, ABC Radio, The Diane Rehm Show, Lou Dobbs Radio Show, Neil Caputo Show,and The Laura Ingraham Show.

This program is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public.

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