Freedom Seminar

Join us for the 38th annual Freedom Seminar
April 14-17, 2016
Sponsored by the McNair Center
at Northwood University - Midland, MI
FREE Event, Open to the Public

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. 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, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, April 17 at 5:15 p.m. and all sessions will be held in the Griswold Lecture Hall on the Midland, Michigan campus.

Northwood University

4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640

Directions & Campus Map

Featured Speakers

The Honorable Maurice McTigue

"Making Government More Effective"
April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Mr. McTigue is was one of the architects of the “New Zealand miracle,” which dramatically reformed the country’s government and economy through market-driven, pro-growth policies. McTigue was an advisor to the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton and Bush administrations on issues of accountability. He is current Vice President of Outreach at the Mercatus Center for Regulatory Studies at George Mason University.

Mr. Paul Traub

"Michigan, the U.S. Economy, and the Road Ahead"
April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Traub is Senior Business Economist at the Detroit Branch of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and has more than a quarter century of experience in economic forecasting and analysis. In recent years, Michigan’s economy has come back from the brink, and the future looks bright. Mr. Traub will outline the challenges and opportunities facing our state and our nation in the years ahead.

Schedule

April 14


6:30-7:15 p.m.
Dinner
For Registered Students & Speakers


7:30-9:00 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Jason Vines, Independent Communications Consultant: "Freedom, Responsibility, and Stupidity"

April 15


7:45-8:15 a.m.
Breakfast
For Registered Students & Speakers


8:30-10:15 a.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute: "Affordable Care Act: What's In It?"


10:30-12:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Alex Tokarev, Assistant Professor of Economics, Northwood University: "Racist Policies In America: Do Black Lives Matter to Our Government?"


12:30-1:15 p.m.
Lunch
For Registered Students & Speakers


1:30-3:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Timothy G. Nash, Vice President and Director of the McNair Center, Northwood University : "Can the American Dream Survive?"


3:30-5:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Chris Douglass, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan-Flint: "Stadium Subsidies and Economic Growth"


6:30-7:15 p.m.
Dinner
For Registered Students & Speakers


7:30-9:00 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Paul Traub, Senior Economist, Detroit Branve of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: "Michigan, the U.S. Economy, and the Road Ahead"

April 16


7:45-8:15 a.m.
Breakfast
For Registered Students & Speakers


8:30-10:15 a.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Dean Lockwood, Assistant Head Coach, University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Program: "Winning and Leadership"


10:30-12:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Jonathan Williams, Director, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC): "Rich States, Poor States"


12:30-1:15 p.m.
Lunch
For Registered Students & Speakers


1:30-3:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Mark Tapscott, Executive Editor, The Daily Caller & Cindy Canevaro, The McNair Foundation: "Bring Back Ronald Reagan"


3:30-5:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Daniel J. Smith, Associate Professor of Economics, Troy University : "The Myth of Inequality"


6:30-7:15 p.m.
Dinner
For Registered Students & Speakers


7:30-9:00 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Maurice McTigue, President, Mercatus Center for Regulatory Studies: "Making Government More Effective"

April 17


10:30-11:30 a.m.
Brunch
For Registered Students & Speakers


11:45-1:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Glenn Moots, Professor of Philosophy, Northwood University: "Happiness"


1:30-3:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Ahmed Hussen, Professor of Economics, Kalamazoo College: "Freedom, Responsibility and Climate Change"


3:30-5:15 p.m.
Griswold Lecture Hall
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President, Minaret of Freedom: "Freedom and Islam"

Contact us now!

Registration/fees

Please see an academic advisor
800.622.9000
Website

Academic Requirements

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