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Upcoming Events

FMI Public Speaker Series

October 5 — Are Americans Liberty Lovers?
October 26 — How Economists Helped End the Military Draft

Are Americans Liberty Lovers?

Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Walter E. Williams
John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics
George Mason University

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Student Union Building (SUB)
15th Street and Akron Avenue
Texas Tech University

Book Signing — 5:15-5:45 PM — SUB Courtyard
Public Lecture — 6:00-7:15 PM — Allen Theatre

Parking Information

Complimentary parking will be available in the Band Lot (R11) (south of the SUB) starting at 5:00 PM on a first come, first served basis. Overflow parking will be available in Park-and-Pay spaces in Reserved Lot R03 (west of the Band Lot) and Reserved Lot R07 (north of the SUB) starting at 5:00 PM. Please see the links below, which provide additional parking information.

Texas Tech University Campus Parking - Student Union Building

Texas Tech University Campus Parking - Park-and-Pay Spaces

About the Program

This program is the keynote program for the fall 2017 FMI Public Speaker Series Program. Following a very well-received visit in September 2013, Walter E. Williams will return to Lubbock to deliver remarks about the role of government in a free society, along with his reflections on current events and recent developments in public policy debates, many of which are collected in the recent volume American Contempt for Liberty.

Dr. Williams will be available to greet visitors and sign books prior to the public lecture in the SUB Courtyard, which is located outside of the Allen Theatre. The following publications will be available for purchase at the book signing:

This event is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public. More information about parking for the program will be shared in the coming weeks.

About the Speaker

Walter E. Williams is an economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author. His writings frequently appear on Townhall.com, WND, Jewish World Review, and hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States.

Dr. Williams has served on the faculty of George Mason University since 1980. He is the author of over 150 publications, which have appeared in scholarly journals such as Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, and Social Science Quarterly, among other outlets.

He has authored ten books including America: A Minority Viewpoint, The State Against Blacks (which was later made into the PBS documentary 'Good Intentions'), Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?, and Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.

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How Economists Helped End the Military Draft

Dr. David Henderson, Associate Professor of Economics, Naval Postgraduate School

David R. Henderson
Research Fellow
Hoover Institution
Stanford University

Professor of Economics
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Naval Postgraduate School

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Grand Auditorium (CR 105)
Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration
Texas Tech University

Public Lecture — 5:30-6:30 PM

About the Program

On January 27, 1973, conscription of men into the United States military ended, and on June 30, 1973, the law authorizing conscription expired. In the mid to late 1960s, several economists did extensive work documenting the tremendous human cost of the draft and laying out a systematic and strong case against the draft and for an all-volunteer force. Economists from across the political spectrum, but especially from the classical-liberal, pro-market end, were very active in this work (excerpted from 'The Role of Economists in Ending the Draft', Econ Journal Watch, Vol. 2, No. 2).

David R. Henderson will visit Texas Tech University to deliver remarks about his research on this issue.

This event is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public. More information about the program will be shared as it becomes available.

About the Speaker

David R. Henderson is a professor of economics at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From 1982 to 1984, he was the senior economist for health policy and, from 1983 to 1984, the senior economist for energy policy, with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. Henderson's specialty is in making economics understandable to non-economists. To that end, he maintains a regular blog at Econlog.

He is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics and the author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist's Odyssey. He has also authored several articles for scholarly publications and hundreds of articles for popular publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron's, and Fortune, among other outlets.

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