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September 16  September 30  November 2  


Adios to the Cuban Revolution: 62 Years of Agitprop Down the Drain — September 16

Mary O'Grady

Speaker: Mary O'Grady, Opinion Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Location: Rawls College of Business - Multipurpose
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM

This event is free and open to the TTU community and the general public.

About the Speaker

Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes "The Americas," a weekly column on politics, economics and business in Latin America and Canada that appears every Monday in the The Wall Street Journal. Ms. O'Grady joined the paper in August 1995 and became a senior editorial page writer in December 1999. She was appointed an editorial board member in November 2005. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Indianapolis­-based Liberty Fund.

In 2012, Ms. O'Grady won the Walter Judd Freedom Award from The Fund for American Studies. In 2009, Ms. O'Grady received the Thomas Jefferson Award from The Association of Private Enterprise Education. In 2005, Ms. O'Grady won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism awarded by the International Policy Network for her articles on the World Bank, the underground economy in Brazil and the bad economic advice the U.S. often gives to Latin American countries. In 1997, Ms. O'Grady won the Inter American Press Association's Daily Gleaner Award for editorial commentary.

Ms. O'Grady received a bachelor's degree in English from Assumption College and an M.B.A. in financial management from Pace University.

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Why It's OK to Want to be Rich — September 30

Dr. Jason Brennan

Speaker: Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy
Location: Student Union Building - Raider Ballroom
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Book Signing: 4:45 - 5:15 PM
Public Lecture: 5:30 - 6:30 PM

This event is free and open to the TTU community and the general public.

About the Speaker

Jason Brennan (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He specializes in politics, philosophy, and economics. He is the editor of Public Affairs Quarterly.

Dr. Brennan is the author of 13 books:Why It's OK to Want to Be Rich (Routledge Press 2020), Good Work if You Can Get It (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020); Injustice for All: America's Dysfunctional Criminal Justice System and How to Fix It, with Christopher Surprenant (Routledge, 2019); Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education, with Phil Magness (Oxford University Press, 2019); When All Else Fails: Resistance, Violence, and State Injustice (Princeton University Press, 2018); In Defense of Openness: Global Justice as Global Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2018), with Bas van der Vossen; Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016); Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (Routledge Press, 2016); Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, 2014); Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014); Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011); and, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He is co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism (Routledge, 2017). He currently has 7 books under contract with Oxford University Press and Routledge Press, at least 2 of which will be published by the end of 2021.

Dr. Brennan's books have been translated 24 times (including forthcoming translations), into Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, German, Italian, Greek, Polish, Mongolian, Georgian, Ukrainian, and Swedish. Gegen Demokratie (Ullstein, 2017), the German translation of Against Democracy, was a Der Spiegel bestseller.

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How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom — November 2

Dr. Matt Ridley

Speaker: Matthew Ridley, Columnist for The Telegraph and The Times, Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee for the House of Lords, Great Britain
Location: McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center - Ballroom
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Book Signing: 4:45 - 5:15 PM
Public Lecture: 5:30 - 6:30 PM

This event is free and open to the TTU community and the general public.

About the Speaker

Matt Ridley's books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards. His books include The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Harper Perennial, 2003), Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (Harper Perennial, 2006), The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (Harper Perennial, 2010) and The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge (Harper Perennial, 2016), and How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom (Harper Perennial, 2021).

Dr. Ridley joined the House of Lords in February 2013 and has served on the science and technology select committee and the artificial intelligence select committee. He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, created the "Mind and Matter" column in The Wall Street Journal in 2010, and was a columnist for The Times from 2013-2018.

Dr. Ridley is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently resides in Northumberland. 

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