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
For general public registration, students please contact an Academic Advisor
Topics will include:
- Health Care Reform
- Detroit's Bankruptcy
For more information about Freedom Seminar content, contact:
Professor Dale Matcheck
Dr. Richard Ebeling
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
- 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
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 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