2017 Northwood University Freedom Seminar “Freedom at Work”

Join us for the 39th annual Freedom Seminar
March 30-April 2, 2017
Sponsored by the McNair Center
at Northwood University - Midland, MI
FREE Event, Open to the Public

About the Freedom Seminar

The Northwood University Freedom Seminar is an annual three and one-half day symposium on the free enterprise system led by distinguished academic and business leaders. The purpose of the Freedom Seminar is to investigate current business and economic topics of utmost interest to the academic and business communities. The seminar offers a unique active learning environment in which students will be learning from and interacting with internationally recognized leaders in industry, academia, and government. Students will learn how the precepts of The Northwood Idea are applied to the problems of today. The Freedom Seminar is sponsored by the McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University.

Dates/Location: The Freedom Seminar begins on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, April 2 at 5:15 p.m. and all sessions except Thursday’s keynote address will be held in the Griswold Lecture Hall on the Midland Michigan campus. The keynote address on Thursday night will take place in the Sloan Lecture Hall, also on the Midland, Michigan campus.

Northwood University

4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640

Directions & Campus Map

Keynote Speaker

Michael Tanner

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

“The Republican Health Care Plan: The Art of Partial Pregnancy”
7:30pm, Sloan 114

Mr. Tanner’s research and writing on government spending, poverty and welfare issues have made him one of the leading figures in the effort to reform entitlement programs in the United States. He is the author of numerous other books on public policy, including Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis and Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It. Tanner’s writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs.

Schedule

Thursday March 30


6:30-7:15 p.m.
Dinner (NADA)


7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sloan 114
"The Republican Health Care Plan: The Art of Partial Pregnancy" Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute, Sloan 114

Friday March 31


7:45-8:15 a.m.
Breakfast (Griswold Dining Hall)


8:30-10:15 a.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
“The Myth of Inequality” Daniel J. Smith, Associate Professor of Economics, Troy University


10:30-12:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Meaningful Work and the Virtue of Small-Scale Production" Stephen Wolfe, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Louisiana State University


12:30-1:15 p.m.
Lunch (Griswold Dining Hall)


1:30-3:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Jobs of the Future" Jared Meyer, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Government Accountability


3:30-5:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Basics of Labor Policy and Law" Vincent Vernuccio, Director of Labor Policy, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


6:30-7:15 p.m.
Dinner (Griswold Dining Hall)
For Registered Students & Speakers


7:30-9:00 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Estimates of the Union-Nonunion Wage Gap" Christopher Douglas, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Michigan-Flint

Saturday April 1


7:45-8:15 a.m.
Breakfast (Griswold Dining Hall)


8:30-10:15 a.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Being the Boss" James Hop, Professor and Chair, Entrepreneurship, Northwood University


10:30-12:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Is Government Intervention Necessary for a Just Economic System?" Harry Veryser, Professor Emeritus, University of Detroit-Mercy and Allan Carlson, President Emeritus, Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society


12:30-1:15 p.m.
Lunch (Griswold Dining Hall)


1:30-3:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Rich States, Poor States: How Freedom to Work Drives Economic Competitiveness" Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist and Vice President, Center for State Fiscal Reform, American Legislative Exchange Council


3:30-5:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Educated, Trained or Called? Professing, not Managing, Your Way to a Satisfying Career" Glenn Moots, Professor and Chair, Philosophy, Northwood University


6:30-7:15 p.m.
Dinner (Griswold Dining Hall)


7:30-9:00 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"India Awakes" Screening of a documentary by Johan Norberg, hosted by Dale Matcheck, Professor and Chair, Economics, Northwood University

Sunday April 2


10:30-12:15 p.m.
Brunch (Griswold Dining Hall)


1:30-3:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
“Immigration: Pro and Con” Alex Tokarev, Associate Professor, Northwood University


3:30-5:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
"Understanding the Wage Effects of Free Trade" John Grether, Professor, DeVos Graduate School of Business, Northwood University

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Academic Requirements

Professor Dale Matcheck
(989) 837-4256
matcheck@northwood.edu