Lecture Series (Spring 2023)

  • Michael MungerSpeaker: Michael Munger, Professor of Political Science, Duke University

    Date: February 2, 2023
    Time: 9:30am-10:45am, 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Lecture 1: “Breaking up is hard to do: Lessons from the strange case of New Zealand” (co-sponsored with Global Education)

    Lecture 2: “Good Industrial Policy”

    Speaker Bio: Professor of Political Science, and Director of the PPE Certificate Program. His primary research focus is on the functioning of markets, regulation, and government institutions. He has taught at Dartmouth College, University of Texas, and University of North Carolina (where he was Director of the Master of Public Administration Program), as well as working as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration. He is a past President of the Public Choice Society, an international academic society of political scientists and economists with members in 16 countries. He was North American Editor of the journal Public Choice for five years, and is now a Co-Editor of The Independent Review.

  • Speaker: Representative Justin Amash

    Date: March 24, 2023
    Time: 2:30pm-3:20pm
    Location: Burruss Building 151

    Lecture: TBD

    Speaker Bio: Justin Amash is a lawyer and politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 2011 to January 2021. He served over eight years in Congress as a Republican before leaving the Republican Party to become an independent. After subsequently joining the Libertarian Party in early 2020, he became the highest-ranking Libertarian Party officeholder in the country.

    As an elected official, Representative Amash was known for his commitment to individual liberty, economic freedom, the Rule of Law, and the Constitution. He led opposition to warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, civil asset forfeiture, qualified immunity, and other government policies and practices that violate constitutionally secured rights. He also introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment - the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control government spending and reduce the national debt, and his many other legislative efforts reflect his belief in a humble foreign policy and opposition to corporate welfare and other forms of government favoritism.

    During his time in office, Amash came to be particularly concerned by the harms of power centralization in Congress and increasing partisanship, and since leaving office he has been exploring ways to combat these trends. Amash joined The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics as a Pritzker Fellow in 2021. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States to share his ideas on political reform, and he has provided guest commentary on current events for ABC, CNN, and other major outlets.

    Amash was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Amash worked for his family’s business, as a business lawyer, and as a Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.

  • Speaker: Alex Epstein, President and Founder, Center for Industrial Progress

    Date: April 7, 2023
    Time: 2:30pm-3:20pm
    Burruss Building 151

    Lecture: “Fossil Future”

    Speaker Bio: Alex Epstein is a philosopher and energy expert who argues that "human flourishing" should be the guiding principle of energy and environmental progress. He is the author of the new book Fossil Future, the New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and the creator of source of powerful, well-referenced talking points on energy, environmental, and climate issues.

  • Timothy MathewsSpeaker: Timothy Mathews, Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

    Date: April 12, 2023
    Time: 9:05am-9:55am
    Location: Burruss Building 151

    Lecture: "Ranked Choice Voting in Practice: the Case of New Zealand's Flag Referendums"

    Speaker Bio: Timothy Mathews is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity at Kennesaw State University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.  His primary research interests are in the fields of Applied Game Theory, Public Economics, Industrial Organization, and Microeconomic Theory.  His academic research has been published in leading journals such as “Economic Theory,” “Journal of Economics,” “Economics Letters,” “Public Choice,” and “Games.”

Film Screenings (Spring 2023)

  • Date: April 6, 2023
    Time: 10:50am-12:20pm
    Location: Prillaman 1105

    Film Description: Cool It is a groundbreaking book that transformed the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns. Sundance Award-winning director Ondi Timoner filmed a documentary with the same name based on the book and following Bjorn Lomborg for almost a year.

  • Date: April 13, 2023
    Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: Prillaman 1105

    Film Description: The Hong Konger is a documentary by the Acton Institute. When Hong Kong’s basic freedoms come under attack, media tycoon Jimmy Lai finds himself in the crosshairs of the state and must choose between defending Hong Kong’s long-standing liberties, or his own freedom.

    Jimmy’s story is one that cannot die in a prison cell - it is one that must reignite a persistent movement to defend the cause of freedom for Hong Kongers, for China as a whole, and humanity everywhere. You can make a difference. Learn about the three ways you can get involved with the film.

Past Events

Workshops and Symposia

  • Symposium on the Economics of Ridesharing, 1/20/2023
  • Symposium on Experimental Economics, 10/12/2022
  • Symposium on the Morality of Capitalism, 4/26/2022
  • Symposium on the Causes and Implications of Low Real Interest Rates, 3/25/2022
  • Does Sweden Have a Socialist Economy, 11/19/2021
  • Symposium on the Economics of the Affordable Care Act, 1/13/2020
  • The Boundaries of Economics, 10/23/2019
  • Free Trade: From NAFTA to USMCA, 9/18/2019
  • Symposium on the Foundations and Applications of Game Theory, 3/26/2019
  • Release Your Inner Entrepreneur, 2/28/2019
  • Economic Impact of the Super Bowl, 1/25/2019
  • Symposium on Accountability in K-12 Public Education10/12/2018
  • Symposium on Criminal Justice and Inmate Reform, 3/2/2018
  • Workshop addressing "Is the American Dream Dead?, 2/2/2018
  • Symposium on Voting and Election Reforms, 11/15/2017
  • Workshop on the Power of Entrepreneurship11/10/2017


Film Screenings