Freedom Seminar

Join us for the 37th annual Freedom Seminar
April 9-12, 2015
Northwood University - Midland, MI

About the Freedom Seminar

Northwood University

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.

Dates/Location: The Freedom Seminar begins on Thursday, April 9 at 6 pm and concludes on Sunday, April 12 at 5pm. All sessions will be held on the Midland, Michigan campus. Thursday, Friday and Saturday presentations will take place in Griswold Lecture Hall, and meals will be served in the Griswold Dining Room. On Sunday, presentations will be in the Sloan Auditorium and meals will be served at the NADA center.

Information for Students

Academic Credit and Course Substitutions

Students who successfully complete the academic requirements will earn up 6 credit hours that they may substitute for one or two of the following courses:

ECN 4010 – Economics of Public Policy

HIS 4020 - Contemporary World Issues

PHL 3850 – Special Topics in Ethics

ECN 3990 – Advanced Topics in Political Economy

Academic Requirements:

Prior to the scheduled meetings, students will read articles relevant to their course substitution and participate in discussion boards moderated by Northwood University faculty. The readings introduce students to important aspects of the topics that speakers will be presenting during the seminar. During the meetings students will attend lectures and interact with guest speakers, faculty, and other students from throughout the Northwood system. Afterward, students will complete a written review of each presentation, as well as a final research paper related to the theme of the seminar. These written assignments are due on May 11.

Costs: $2,196 per course substitution plus $200 for meals, breaks, and course materials. Payment must be made in advance through your appropriate business office. Payment will not be accepted at the seminar.

Lodging: Students may choose to arrange their own lodging and commute to the event. However, for those who wish to stay at the hotel, a discounted rate has been arranged for Northwood students.

Student Registration From

Course Substitutions for the NU Freedom Seminar

ECN 3990 ADVANCED TOPICS - POLITICAL ECONOMY
3 credits
 
An analytical and critical paper written after attendance at the annual summer "Freedom Seminar" or through arranged independent study. 
Prerequisites: ECN 2210 and 2220

ECN 4010 ECONOMICS OF PUBLIC POLICIES
3 credits
 
A study of both the short-term and long-term economic con¬sequences of public policies as they relate to individuals and organizations. Policies examined include public pensions, health insurance, health and safety regulation, environmental protection, energy, industrial policy, and taxation. 
Prerequisites: ECN 2210 and 60 credit hours completed.

HIS 4020 CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES
3 credits
 
An examination of the historical basis and context for contem¬porary global issues. Topics may include political, economic, scientific, technological, cultural, and social challenges. 
Prerequisite: HIS 2150, HIS 2160, or HIS 2175

PHL 3850 SPECIAL TOPICS
1-3 credits
 
Various topics in philosophy. These may be one-time or occasional course offerings.
Prerequisite: Dependent on specific course content

Scheudle

April 9

6:30-7:15pm
Dinner

7:30-9:00pm
Maurice McTigue, Vice President for Outreach, Mercatus Center at George Mason University "Lessons from Free Economies Around the World"

April 10

7:45-8:15am
Breakfast

8:30-10:15pm
Richard Ebeling"The Rise and Fall of Classical Liberalism"

10:30-12:15pm
Christopher Douglas, Associate Professor, University of Michigan-Flint, "Stadium Subsidies"

12:30-1:15pm
Lunch

1:30-3:15pm
Timothy G. Nash, David E. Fry Endowed Professor & Vice President of Strategic and Corporate Alliances Northwood University Can the American Dream Survive?

3:30-5:15pm
Nathan Schleuter, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Hillsdale College, and Harry Veryser, Adjunct Professor of Economics, Northwood University "Libertarians and Conservatives: Friends or Foes?"

6:30-7:15pm
Dinner

7:30-9:00pm
Paul Traub, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, "A Close Look at the Michigan and U.S. Economies"

April 11

7:45-8:15am
Breakfast

8:30-10:15pm
Harry Veryser, Adjunct Professor of Economics, Northwood University, "It Didn't Have to Be This Way-How Austrian Economics Breaks the Cycle of Booms and Busts"

10:30-12:15pm
Jonathan Williams, Director, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force American Legislative Exchange Council: "Rich States, Poor States"

12:30-1:15pm
Lunch

1:30-3:15pm
Dean Lockwood, Assistant Coach, University of Tennessee "Character and Leadership"

3:30-5:15pm
Dale Matcheck, "Capitalism and Inequality"

6:30-7:15pm
Dinner

7:30-9:00pm
Herman Pirchner, President, American Foreign Policy Council, "U.S. Foreign Policy amd Global Hot Spots...Are They Getting Hotter?"

April 12

7:45-8:15am
Breakfast

8:30-10:15pm
Daniel J. Smith, Associate Professor of Economics, Troy University “Economic Freedom and Natural Disasters: Tuscaloosa, AL & Joplin, MO ”

10:30-12:15pm
John Grether, DeVos Graduate School, Northwood University: "Is there a Constitutional Right to Privacy?"

12:30-1:15pm
Lunch

1:30-3:15pm
Alex Tokarev, Associate Professor of Economics, Northwood University "Freedom and Democracy: Friends or Foes?"

3:30-5:15pm
TBD

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Registration/fees

Please see an academic advisor
800.622.9000
Website

Academic Requirements

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