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FMI Public Speaker Series

September 12  October 10  November 14  



Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dr. Jeffrey Hummel Event Image

About the Program

The Civil War is justly celebrated for ending slavery in the United States. But was the war actually necessary to achieve that goal? Radical abolitionists, such as the fiery and implacable William Lloyd Garrison, originally advocated Northern secession from the South. They felt that this would best hasten the ultimate destruction of slavery by allowing the free states to get out from under the Constitution's fugitive slave clause.

To appreciate the true sophistication of this tactic requires navigating the still lively controversy about the economics of American slavery. Was the South's 'peculiar institution' so economically profitable, efficient, and entrenched that only four years of soul-wrenching conflict with a loss of over 700,000 lives could bring it down?

Come and find out why letting the lower South secede in peace was still a viable antislavery option when Lincoln first took the oath of office in March of 1861.

The Free Market Institute welcomes Prof. Hummel to present the fall 2019 Public Speaker Series lecture on 'Why the North Should Have Seceded from the South: The Political Economy of Slavery and Secession.' The lecture will take place on September 12, 2019, from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Student Union Building (SUB) - Red Raider Ballroom (15th Street & Akron Avenue) at Texas Tech University.

Visitors to the university may park in Lot R11 to the South of the SUB starting at 5:00 PM. Click here to register your vehicle for parking or contact Transportation & Parking Services at events.parking@ttu.edu or (806) 742-PARK.

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

About the Speaker

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel is a professor of economics and history at San Jose State University. He is the author of Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, the second edition of which was released in November 2013. Hummel is also a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.

He wrote the scripts for audiotapes produced by Knowledge Products on the Constitution (narrated by Walter Cronkite) and on American Wars (narrated by George C. Scott). His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Economic History, Econ Journal Watch, the Texas Law Review, the Independent Review, the International Philosophical Quarterly, the Chapman Law Review, and such popular publications as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Investor's Business Daily, The Freeman, and Liberty Fund's Library of Economics and Liberty.

He has also contributed to such volumes as Boom and Bust Banking (David Beckworth, ed.), Government and the American Economy (Price Fishback, ed.), The Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography, Reassessing the Presidency (John V. Denson, ed.), and Arms, Politics, and the Economy (Robert Higgs, ed.).

Prof. Hummel, a former National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also worked as Publications Director at the Independent Institute and was a tank platoon leader in the U.S. Army.

 

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dr. George Will Event Image

About the Program

America's foremost political commentator and columnist, George F. Will, presents penetrating and incisive commentary on the Washington political scene, offering a glimpse into what the future holds for public affairs, public policy, and American society.

The Free Market Institute welcomes Mr. Will to deliver the fall 2019 Public Speaker Series keynote lecture on 'The Political Argument Today.' The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 5:30-6:45 PM in the Student Union Building (SUB) - Allen Theatre (15th Street & Akron Avenue) at Texas Tech University.

Visitors to the university may park in Lot R11 to the South of the SUB starting at 5:00 PM. Click here to register your vehicle for parking or contact Transportation & Parking Services at events.parking@ttu.edu or (806) 742-PARK.

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

The Free Market Institute gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Helen Jones Foundation Inc. for this program.

About the Speaker

George F. Will is today's most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today, it appears twice weekly in approximately 500 newspapers in the United States and in Europe. In addition, he currently serves as a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011. 

In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns. Altogether eight collections of Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being "One Man's America." His most recent book, The Conservative Sensibility, was released in June 2019. In 1990, Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months and was most recently reissued on April 13, 2010, as a 20th Anniversary special edition with a new introduction in paperback.

In 1998, Scribner published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Will on baseball. His latest baseball book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, was released March 25, 2014. Will was also a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.

For 32 years, beginning as a founding member in 1981, he was a panelist on ABC television's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He has taught Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine. Today, Will lives and works in Washington.

 

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dr. Todd Zywicki Event Image

About the Program

Although Americans love the things they buy with credit cards, they have long been skeptical of the use of credit and the banks that issue them. Credit card issuers have been blamed for multiple ills, but mainly for promoting overconsumption and excess credit. This lecture will look at the economics of consumer credit and the history of its use and regulations. In particular, we will explore why consumers use credit and the dangers of regulating consumer credit. 

Understanding the economics and history of consumer credit and its regulation will help to understand why the recently-proposed "Loan Shark Prevention Act," which proposes to create a national interest rate ceiling of 15% on all consumer credit products, would prove disastrous for American families, especially poor families.

The Free Market Institute welcomes Todd J. Zywicki to present, 'The Law & Economics of Consumer Credit and the Loan Shark Protection Act.' The lecture will take place on November 14, 2019, from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Rawls College of Business Administration – Grand Auditorium (703 Flint Avenue - CR 105, First Floor) at Texas Tech University.

Visitors to the university may park in Reserved Lot R-23 outside of the Rawls College starting at 5:00 PM. Click here to register your vehicle for parking or contact Transportation & Parking Services at events.parking@ttu.edu or (806) 742-PARK.

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

About the Speaker

Todd J. Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is also a Senior Fellow of the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy Program on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, at George Mason University, a Senior Fellow of the Goldwater Institute, and a Fellow of the International Centre for Economic Research in Turin, Italy.

Prof. Zywicki has lectured and consulted with government officials around the world, including Iceland, Italy, Japan, Canada, and Guatemala. In 2006 Professor Zywicki served as a Member of the United States Department of Justice Study Group on "Identifying Fraud, Abuse, and Errors in the United States Bankruptcy System." He has testified several times before Congress on issues of consumer bankruptcy law and consumer credit.

Professor Zywicki is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals and is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the print and broadcast media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes, Nightline, National Review, NBC Nightly News, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Fox and Friends, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, ABC Radio, The Diane Rehm Show, Lou Dobbs Radio Show, Neil Caputo Show,and The Laura Ingraham Show.

 

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