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FMI Public Speaker Series
Fall 2018

October 16  November 8  

Freedom & Its Enemies — October 16

John Stossel

About the Event

The Free Market Institute (FMI) and College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University (TTU), in collaboration with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Young America's Foundation, will host the award-winning journalist and best-selling author, John Stossel to present a public lecture on Freedom & Its Enemies. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Red Raider Ballroom of the Student Union Building (SUB) on the TTU campus.

After 19 Emmys as a consumer reporter criticizing businesses, John Stossel realized that competition protects consumers pretty well. He was reporting on the exceptions and even these tended to get weeded out or minimized by competition. The biggest threat to consumers, and everyone, he concluded, is too many rules and too much power in the hands of a government that doesn't face the same competitive pressure as firms do in the marketplace. He'll discuss his intellectual journey as a reporter and the future of freedom and its enemies in the United States.

John Stossel will also be available to meet guests and sign books prior to the public lecture from 4:45-5:15 PM in the SUB Courtyard. The following books will be available for purchase:

No, They Can't: Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed

Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media

Other Event Details

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

Visitors to the university may use Park-and-Pay spaces in the Band Lot (R-11) outside of the south entrance of the SUB. Park-and-Pay spaces will also be available on the 4th floor of the Flint Street Parking Garage at the corner of 18th Street and Flint Avenue.

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions about this program by email at free.market@ttu.edu or phone at (806) 742-7138.

About the Speaker

John Stossel

John Stossel is the host and creator of Stossel on Reason. He is a Fox News contributor, syndicated columnist, libertarian journalist, and advocate for free-market economics. He is best known as the host of Fox Business Network's Stossel and former co-anchor of ABC's primetime news show 20/20. He is the author of several best-sellers, including his most recent book, No, They Can't: Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed. His economic programs are used as a teaching tool by high school teachers and reach more than 12 million students each year. John Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards, was recognized for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club five times, received the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting, and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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Panel Discussion — For Your Own Good: Taxes, Paternalism, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century — November 8

Speakers: Todd Nesbit, Bruce Benson, and E. Frank Stephenson
Location: Rawls College of Business - Grand Auditorium
Date & Time: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5:30 PM

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

About the Speaker

Todd Nesbit

Todd Nesbit is an assistant professor of free enterprise and entrepreneurial economics at Ball State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University. His research focuses on excise taxation and cross-border consumption. Since 2005, he has authored or co-authored a number of cross-border and excise-related working papers, including "The Effects of Excise Taxes on Product Quality, Evidence from the Gasoline Market" and "Effects of Wine and Spirits Taxes in the Presence of Spatial Autocorrelation."

About the Speaker

Bruce Benson

Bruce Benson is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Florida State University, Senior Fellow of the Independent Institute and Contributing Editor of The Independent Review. He has authored four books and written over 125 peer-reviewed articles. His expertise is in law and economics, and anarcho-capitalist legal theory, including ideas about regulation, criminalization, commercial law, and Native American law. Prof. Benson served as the Templeton Visiting Scholar at the Free Market Institute during the spring 2016 semester.

About the Speaker

E. Frank Stephenson

E. Frank Stephenson is the Henry Gund Professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance at Berry College. He is the Editor of the Journal of Economics and Finance Education and serves on the Executive Board of the North American Association of Sports Economists. Prof. Stephenson has authored and co-authored numerous academic articles with a focus on public policy and sports economics. He received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 1999.

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