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FMI Public Speaker Series

August 24 — The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier

October 5 — An Evening with Walter E. Williams

October 26 — How Economists Helped End the Military Draft

The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier

Thursday, August 24, 2017
5:30-7:00 pm
National Ranching Heritage Center
Texas Tech University

P.J. Hill, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Wheaton CollegeP.J. Hill
Professor Emeritus of Economics
Wheaton College
Senior Fellow
Property and Environment Research Center

 

About the Program

The Free Market Institute (FMI) has invited papers for a research program focused on the theme of Governing Natural Resources in the American West. The goal of the program is to examine both historical and contemporary challenges related to the use and conservation of natural resources, with a special emphasis on issues affecting the western United States.

Pursuant to the goals of the program, the FMI, in conjunction with the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University, will host a public speaker program exploring the broader program themes. The program will feature remarks from P.J. Hill.

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

P. J. Hill is Professor Emeritus of Economics at  Wheaton College and a Senior  Fellow at the Property and Environment  Research Center in Bozeman, Montana. He is the author of Growth and Welfare in the  American Past: A New American History , 3rd Ed. (with Douglass North and Terry Anderson),The Birth of a Transfer Society (with Terry Anderson),  and The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property  Rights on the Frontier (with Terry Anderson). He has also authored numerous articles on the theory of property rights and institutional change and has edited six books on environmental economics.

P.J. grew up on a  cattle ranch in eastern Montana, which he operated with his family until 1992, when he sold the ranch and bought a smaller ranch in western Montana, which he operated until 2012.

An Evening with Walter E. Williams (Speaking Topic TBA)

Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:00-7:15 PM
Allen Theatre
Student Union Building
Texas Tech University

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

 

 

About the Program

The FMI sponsors an extracurricular reading program, the McLane Teammates Reading Program, for undergraduate students at Texas Tech University. The theme for the fall 2017 program is Economics and Social Issues: Markets and the Marginalized. The program will examine how disadvantaged groups fare in wealthy societies.

Prof. Walter E. Williams has published several scholarly articles and books that examine issues related to the broader program theme. He will visit Texas Tech University to deliver remarks as part of the keynote program for the FMI Public Speaker Series.

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

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.

How Economists Helped End the Military Draft

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:30-7:00 PM
Location TBD
Dr. David Henderson, Associate Professor of Economics, Naval Postgraduate SchoolDavid R. Henderson
Research Fellow
Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Associate Professor of Economics
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Naval Postgraduate School
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 an associate 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 JournalThe New York Times, Barron's, and Fortune, among other outlets.

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