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FMI Public Speaker Series


March–23 – Prospects for Freedom and Prosperity
April–18 – The Future of Food
March–23

Prospects for Freedom and Prosperity

A Panel Discussion featuring Distinguished Scholars
William Easterly, Douglas Irwin, and Deirdre McCloskey
Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:00-6:30 PM Grand Auditorium (CR 105)
Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration
Texas Tech University
This event is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University
community and the general public.

Visitors to the university may park in lot R-23 outside of the north entrance
to the Rawls College. Please register your vehicle at the link below:

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About the Event

The Free Market Institute (FMI) at Texas Tech University (TTU), with financial support from the John Templeton Foundation, has undertaken a three-year sponsored research program titled Research on the Origins of Economic Freedom and Prosperity.

The research program aims to identify, contextualize and explain – through a series of empirical and qualitative studies, public programming, workshops, and other research activities – the many and varied market and non-market mechanisms that initiate and perpetuate processes of institutional change, with an emphasis on evaluating their attendant impacts on economic freedom.

The program output contributes to ongoing debates concerning several important questions, building on the research of many scholars – both past and present – and aiming to encourage additional research on the program themes.

The panel discussion will feature commentary and discussion from distinguished scholars, whose research has contributed insights on a number of issues related to the broader program themes.

About the Speakers

Prof. William Easterly, Professor of Economics, New York University

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Foreign Policy named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, and Thomson Reuters listed him as one of the most Highly Cited Researchers of 2014. 

He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed academic articles and three books, most recently, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (Basic Books, 2014).

Prof. Douglas Irwin, Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences, Dartmouth College

Douglas Irwin is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is also a Research Associate of the NBER and has served on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

He is the author of many articles on trade policy in books and peer-reviewed professional journals, as well as the author of several books, including Free Trade Under Fire (Princeton University Press, 4th ed. 2015).

Prof. Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English , and Communication at University of Illinois at Chicago

Deirdre McCloskey is Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has held honorary academic appointments at several institutions and received several honorary degrees and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

She has authored almost 400 articles for peer-reviewed professional publications and has authored or edited over 20 books. Her recent scholarly research has focused on the ethics and economics of the Bourgeois Era, resulting in the publication of a trilogy of books, which include: The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (University of Chicago Press, 2006), Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 2010), and Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

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April–18

The Future of Food

A Public Lecture Co-Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences
and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Red Raider Ballroom, Student Union Building
Texas Tech University

This event if free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University
community and the general public.
About the Event

What we eat, why we eat it, and how what we eat is produced are a few among many of the questions driving both popular and scholarly debates about food and food policy in the United States and around the world.

Topics ranging from the economics of animal welfare to consumer preferences for genetically modified food to the impacts of new technologies and policies on livestock and meat markets to efforts to change consumer preferences influence the methods and practices of food producers and shape the alternatives that are ultimately made available to consumers.

This event is part of Agricultural Awareness Week at Texas Tech University and will feature formal remarks from Prof. Jayson Lusk addressing these and other questions concerning the political economy of food.

About the Speaker

Prof. Jayson Lusk, Regent Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

Jayson Lusk serves as Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. He also serves as the Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

He earned his B.S. in Food Technology (1997) from Texas Tech University and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University (2000).

Prof. Lusk is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and cited food and agricultural economists of the past decade, having published more than 175 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and authored or co-authored several books. He is the recipient of several research awards and his research and commentary often garners the attention of large news outlets.

He is a co-editor (with Juttka Roosen and Jason Shogren) of The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy(Oxford University Press, 2013) and has authored two books for popular audiences, The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate (Penguin Random House, 2013) and Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World (St. Martin's Press, 2016).

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