Freedom Seminar

April 10-13, 2014

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.

Atheneum Suites Hotel
1000 Brush Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226-2993

Online Registration
For general public registration, students please contact an Academic Advisor

Topics will include:

  • Health Care Reform
  • Detroit's Bankruptcy
  • Right-to-Work

For more information about Freedom Seminar content, contact:

Professor Dale Matcheck
(989) 837-4256


Dr. Richard Ebeling
(989) 837-4834

Schedule for Thursday, April 10

Session 1 (6:00-9:00 pm): Mr. Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute, will deliver
the Keynote Address "Health Care Reform, Where We’ve Been and the Road Ahead"

Schedule for Friday, April 11

Session 2 (8:30-10:00 am): "What’s Really Holding Detroit Back?"
Shikha Dalmia, Senior Analyst, Reason Foundation

Session 3 (10:30 am-12:00 pm): "Why Are There Rich States and Poor States in America?"
Mr. Jonathan Williams, Director, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force, ALEC

Session 4 (1:30-5:00 pm): "Facts on Michigan and American Competitiveness"
Dr. Timothy G. Nash, Vice President and Fry Chair in Free Market Economics, Northwood University and Mr. Bob Thomas, Director of Operations, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Session 5 (6:00-9:00 pm): "Michigan Is A Comeback State…Why?"
Mr. Rich Studley, President and CEO, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Schedule for Saturday, April 12

Session 6 (8:30-10:00 am): "Philosophy, Freedom and Free Enterprise"
Dr. Richard Ebeling, Professor of Economics, Northwood University

Session 7 (10:30 am-12:00 pm): "Freedom, Leaders and Leadership"
Mr. Dean Lockwood, Assistant Head Coach, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Program

Session 8 (1:30-5:00 pm): "Can Capitalism and the American Dream Survive?"
Dr. Richard Ebeling, Professor of Economics, Northwood University and Dr. Timothy G. Nash,

Vice President and Fry Chair in Free Market Economics, Northwood University

Session 9 (7:00-9:00 pm): "Lessons for America from New Zealand and Around the World"
Mr. Maurice McTigue, Vice President, Mercatus Center

Schedule for Sunday, April 13

Session 10 (8:30-10:00 am): "The Morality of Capitalism"
Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Session 11 (10:30 am-12:00 pm): "The ABC’s of Public Choice"
Dr. John Grether, Associate Professor/DeVos Graduate School, Northwood University

Session 12 (1:30-3:00 pm): "A Christian Defense of Capitalism"
Dr. Alex Tokarev, Assistant Professor of Economics Dept. Northwood University

Session 13 (3:30-5:00 pm): "The Roots of the Housing Bubble"
Mr. Clifford Harris, Associate Professor of Economics, Northwood University

Information for Students

  • Syllabus
  • Registration Form
    Complete the above registration form and bring it to an academic advisor in the Church Family Administration Building by March 28, 2014.

Course Substitutions for the NU Freedom Seminar

An analytical and critical paper written after attendance at the annual summer "Freedom Seminar" or through arranged independent study. 
Prerequisites: ECN 2210 and 2220

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.

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 3100 ETHICS - 3 credits 
Study of moral decision making and theories that define our responsibilities. This course will examine sources for moral value e.g. law, authority, culture, tradition, religion, the prob¬lems associated with ethical subjectivism, as well as promi¬nent historical approaches to ethics in the West. 
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed