NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY FREEDOM WEEK

Celebrating Liberty

America is the only country in history founded on sound biblical principles and authentic liberal ideas of individual rights and personal responsibility

At Northwood University our missions is to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.

Hundreds of our students and some of the world's leading conservative and libertarian institutions, economists, entrepreneurs, legal scholars, public servants, and political philosophers will participate at Northwood University's Freedom Week 2015.

Please join us for a very special FREEDOM WEEK!

September 14th - 18th 2015
5:00-7:00pm Mon-Fri
Griswold Lecture Hall
Northwood University Campus,
Midland Michigan

This free event, open to the public, will showcase over a dozen leaders of our global, free-enterprise society as they share insights into current issues, historical information, and the Northwood idea.

  • Free Event
  • Public Welcome
  • Multiple sessions per evening
  • Learn about the morality of capitalism, inequality, American exceptionalism, immigration, innovation, free speech and more

See the agenda below and mark your calendar.

Dr. Keith A. Pretty
President and CEO
Northwood University

"The path forward, from Northwood University's perspective, is well-defined by our philosophy, The Northwood Idea, described by former faculty member Dr. V. Orval Watts, in 1973. The belief is simple but profound: a belief that is even more relevant today. Our founders believed that free, enterprising, and creative individuals at work in a free, enterprising, and creative society produce more and better opportunities and a higher standard of living for everyone. And this idea has met the test of time. As you participate in Freedom Week, please keep in mind one of Northwood University's values – freedom. Without freedom, particularly economic freedom, we cannot have prosperity. Cultures need to embrace and protect people's freedoms and allow them to manage their everyday choices and economic activities; and inspire and spur creativity, imagination, and entrepreneurship, ultimately creating a future of prosperity. That is the Northwood Idea!"

Agenda

Monday
(9/14)
America Day

Event(s)

Capitalism: The importance of property rights - Chakraborty
Jordan 22 at 8am

Capitalism: The importance of property rights - Chakraborty
Jordan 22 at 9:30am

Government restriction and the market process - Matcheck
Jordan 14 at 9:30-10am

Prices as incentives - Matcheck
Jordan 14 at 11-11:30am

Capitalism: The importance of property rights - Chakraborty
Jordan 22 at 12:30pm

Personal Responsibility - Mylvaganam
Sloan 110 at 12:30pm


Speakers 5-7pm
Griswold Lecture Hall

Welcome
Kristin Stehouwer

Kristin Stehouwer
Northwood University
Topic: Reagan

Byron Voorheis
Northwood University Student
Topic: Roots of American Liberty

Dr. Richard Ebeling
The Citadel
Topic: What Does It Mean to be 'Proud to be an American'?

Dinesh D'Souza
Topic: American Exceptionalism

Glenn Moots
Northwood University
Topic: Discussion

Tuesday
(9/15)
Free Enterprise Day

Event(s)

Discussion on minimum wages
SFAB 114 at 9:30-10am

Mises on Capitalism
SFAB 114 at 10-10:30am

Learning from economic failures: Greece by Professor Papanikos
SFAB 114 at 10:30-11am

Market Competition - Mylvaganam
Sloan 110 at 12:30pm

Discussion on individual rights
Jordan 14 at 11-11:30am

Student presentations on the non-aggression principle
Jordan 14 at 11:30am-12pm

Discussion on natural law
Jordan 14 at 12:30-1pm

Student presentations on libertarianism
Jordan 14 at 1-1:30pm


Speakers 5-7pm
Griswold Lecture Hall

Welcome
Keith Pretty

Anne Bradley
Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics
Topic: Morality of Capitalism

Michael Clark
Hillsdale College
Topic: Tomorrowland - An Economist's Cautions about Constructing Our Future

Ivan Pongracic
Hillsdale College
Topic: Innovation

Peter Klein
Baylor University
Topic: Entrepreneurship & Growth

Closing
Dale Matcheck

Wednesday
(9/16)
The "dark" side of Capitalism?

Event(s)

European Union value added tax - John Gustincic
Hach 113 at 9:30-10am

Sharing Economy
Michael Van Beek (Mackinac Center)
Jordan 25 at 11am

Discussion on rent controls
GSAB 112 at 12:30-1pm

Free trade
Meral Yaliniz
Jordan 14 at 12:30-1pm

European Union value added tax - John Gustincic
Gerace Auditorium at 12:30-1pm

Mises on socialism
GSAB 112 at 1-1:30pm

Learning from economic failures: Yugoslavia by Professor Ivankovic
GSAB 112 at 1:30-2pm


Speakers 5-7pm
Griswold Lecture Hall

Welcome
Joshua Gammon & Tony Sierra
Current Northwood Unviersity Students

Daniel Smith
Troy University
Topic: Inequality

Art Carden
Samford University
Topic: Poverty

European panel on immigration:
Sam Bowman (Adam Smith Institute, UK)
Richard Zundritsch (Hayek Institute, Austria)
Kalin Manolov (Atlas Institute, Bulgaria)
Alex Tokarev (Northwood University)

Thursday
(9/17)
Constitution Day

Event(s)

Discussion on the role of profit and losses
SFAB 114 at 9:30-10am

Friedman on the invisible hand
SFAB 114 at 10-10:30am

Discussion on private property
Jordan 14 at 11-11:30am

Comparative advantage
Meral Yaliniz
Hach 113 at 11:30am

Freedom and The Federalist. lecture by Professor Parks, The King's College
Jordan 14 at 11:30am

European Union value added tax - John Gustincic
Jordan 27 at 12:30-1pm

Discussion on self-ownership
Jordan 14 at 12:30-1pm

Constitution Day lecture by Professor Corbin, The King's College
Jordan 14 at 1pm

European Union value added tax - John Gustincic
Jordan 27 at 2-2:30pm


Speakers 5-7pm
Griswold Lecture Hall

Welcome
Glenn Moots

Jim Ceaser
University of Virginia
Topic: What's Behind Our Constitution

Closing
Glenn Moots

Friday
(9/18)
Milton Friedman Day

Event(s)
The Power of Markets
Dr. Friedman video lecture
GSAB 112 at 12:30-1pm

A Case for Repealing Michigan's Prevailing Wage Laws
Jordan 25 at 11am


Speakers 5-7pm
Griswold Lecture Hall

Welcome
Ken Horn, State Senator

John R. Lott, Jr.
Crime Prevention Research Center
Topic: Law & Economics: Some Examples

Ed Haislmaier
The Heritage Foundation
Topic: Healthcare

Tom Palmer
CATO

Stephen Davies
Institute of Economic Affairs, UK

Mark Hall
George Fox University

Tim Nash
Northwood University
Topic: Industrial Revolution

Closing
Representative Gary Glenn
"Thank you all for attending this wonderful symposium celebrating the great American tradition of liberty and informing a new generation of leaders of the economic principles that form the pillars of prosperity. I wish that I could be with you. It is an honor and privilege for me to represent Bay and Midland counties in the state Legislature, and unfortunately, certain commitments prevent me from joining you this year. However, as an attendee of Freedom Week events in previous years, I know firsthand the tremendous value of these events that equip us so very well in reclaiming the intellectual tradition that is so often lost in a tide of left-wing bias in academia. It is my sincere hope that each of you leave this event enriched by the wealth of knowledge shared here, and invigorated to apply this knowledge to build a brighter, more prosperous future for Michigan and for America. Thanks again to all of you, and especially to those who organized this event, for all that you do for freedom and prosperity in our time."

Friedrich Hayek

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."

Travel/Location

Northwood University
Griswold Lecture Hall
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
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Griswold Lecture Hall

By Air

  • MBS International Airport, serviced by United, Delta, and many commuter flights, is 18 miles from the campus. Limousine service is available at the airport. The airport has several car rental agencies.

To Northwood University from the airport:

  • Leaving airport grounds, turn right (north) onto Garfield Road.
  • Go approximately 4 miles and turn left (west) onto U.S. 10.
  • Go northwest on US 10 (toward Clare) approximately 11 miles to the Eastman Road Midland exit (as you approach the exit, Midland Cinemas is on the right).
  • Go left (south) on Eastman Road approximately 1 mile to Saginaw Road.
  • Turn right (west) on Saginaw Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles
  • Turn left on Main Street and travel approximately 1 mile
  • Turn right on University Drive

By Car from Detroit

(approximately 135 miles)

  • Follow I-75 (north) beyond Saginaw to the US 10 intersection.
  • Go west on US 10 (toward Clare) to the Eastman Road Midland exit (as you approach the exit, Midland Cinemas is on the right).
  • Go left (south) on Eastman Road approximately 1 mile to Saginaw Road.
  • Turn right (west) on Saginaw Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles
  • Turn left on Main Street and travel approximately 1 mile
  • Turn right on University Drive

By Car from Lansing

(approximately 100 miles)

  • Follow US 127 (north) to M-20.
  • Go (east) on M-20 about 24 miles to Main Street of Midland (traffic light).
  • Turn left on Main Street, go approximately 1 mile
  • Turn left on University Drive

By Car from Grand Rapids

(approximately 125 miles)

  • Take US 131 expressway (north) to M-46 East.
  • Go east on M-46. Proceed east to US 127.
  • Follow US 27 (north) to M-20.
  • Go left (east) on M-20 about 24 miles to Main Street of Midland (traffic light).
  • Turn left on Main Street, go approximately 1 mile
  • Turn left on University Drive

Hotel Accomodations

NADA Hotel
For maximum comfort and easy of travel, stay on campus at the NADA Hotel & Conference center. Located in the heart of campus, this striking building features a floor to ceiling window in its main meeting hall, backdrop to frequent campus gatherings. The NADA Hotel is a non-smoking, adult-oriented facility. Guests also have access to our fitness center throughout their stay. Online reservations may be made in just a few clicks.
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Speakers

Anne Rathbone Bradley

Anne Rathbone Bradley

Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and she also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. Additionally, she is a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. Previously, she has taught at Charles University, Prague, and she has served as the Associate Director for the Program in Economics, Politics, and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University.

She is an editor of and contributing author to IFWE's recently released book, For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty. In her chapter, Dr. Rathbone Bradley examines income inequality from both an economic and biblical perspective and provides guidance to Christians on how to respond, particularly through our vocations.

Dr. Rathbone Bradley's other academic work has focused on the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Based on her academic research she also worked as an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Terrorism Analysis.

Dr. Rathbone Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006, during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.

Art Carden

Art Carden

Art Carden is Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His research on mass-market merchandisers like Walmart and Costco as well as his research on the economic history of the South has appeared in the Journal of Urban Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy. His commentaries have appeared in Forbes, USA Today, the Washington Examiner, and a range of regional and national publications. He lives in Birmingham with his wife Shannon and their three children Jacob, Taylor Grace, and David.

Topic: "How the Bourgeois Deal Made the Modern World"
Why did some places get very rich while other places stayed very poor? The usual explanations are wrong: what happened is that we wed the political institutions of a free society with a new esteem for commerce and innovation. Societies where this happened got very rich while societies that still curtail liberty and disdain commerce and innovation remain poor.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Michael Clark is the Wallace and Marion Reemelin Chair in Free-Market Economics at Hillsdale College. He completed his Ph.D. studies at George Mason University. Michael is now in his fifth year at Hillsdale. Previously he taught at the University of Baltimore where in 2009 he earned a business school top teacher award. While his passion lies in the classroom his research and writing interests include long run economic arguments, political economy, and the works of F.A. Hayek and Adam Smith.

Topic: Tomorrowland – An Economist's Cautions about Constructing Our Future
From flying cars to mass produced houses our history is filled with incorrect predictions about what our economy will look like in 10, 20, 30 years and beyond. Predicting the future is tough, but why is that so? In his talk Michael Clark will take insights from the field of economics to explain not only why the future is so tough to predict, but why that is a good thing. Insights on the role of entrepreneurship and the market process will loom large.

Sharni Cutajar

Sharni Cutajar

Sharni Cutajar is a political science and law student from the University of Western Australia. She currently is involved in the Liberal Party of Australia, the Young Liberal Movement of Australia and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, a think tank focused on free-market policy research.

Topic: Free Speech
Many Australians assume that because they live in a liberal democracy that they are granted certain freedoms, including freedom of speech. However, freedom of speech in Australia is not a fixed concept and is much more complex than the American experience. This is mainly the result of Australia not having a Bill of Rights and a First Amendment like in the US. This presentation will discuss the Australian freedom of speech experience by attempting to define freedom of speech based on Australia's regulatory regime. Topics discussed will include the High Court, the Australian Constitution, Wikileaks, offence, pornography and racial discrimination, as well as a discussion on how freedom of speech in Australia could be better protected and the consequences of such protection.

Dale Matcheck

Dale Matcheck

Dr. Matcheck is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Northwood University. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University: his dissertation and research interests are in the economics of property rights and environmental quality. Matcheck is an advisor for Students in Free Enterprise and a developer of economist trading cards (as seen in The Wall Street Journal and Dave Barry's Christmas Gift Guide).

Tim Nash

  • David E. Fry Endowed Professor at Northwood University
  • Vice President of Strategic and Corporate Alliances
  • Adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • State Director of Economic Education for the clergy for the State of Michigan
  • Co-authored three books and conducted research and consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies, GM UAW PEL, and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • Serves on the boards of the Free Enterprise Institute (FEI) in Houston, Texas, the Midland Academy of Advanced & Creative Studies, Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, Inc., and the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce
Matthew Parks

Matthew Parks

Matthew Parks is an assistant professor of politics and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The King's College (NYC). He has written and spoken on the political ideas of the American Founders, Abraham Lincoln, and the generation of statesmen in between, most recently writing, with David Corbin, a series of eight-five essays on contemporary applications of The Federalist entitled "The Federalist Today." They begin a new series on Democracy in America for Liberty Fund's Law and Liberty website at the end of the month.

Topic: Freedom and The Federalist.

Ivan Pongracic, Jr.

Ivan Pongracic, Jr.

Ivan Pongracic, Jr. is the William E. Hibbs/Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, where he has been teaching since 2000. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University in 1992, and his Masters and Doctorate degrees in economics from George Mason University in 1996 and 2004, respectively. Prior to coming to Hillsdale he taught at Indiana Wesleyan University.

He came to truly appreciate the importance of free markets to human liberty and prosperity as a result of growing up in communist Yugoslavia, where he spent the first fourteen years of his life. He further developed his passion for the ideas of liberty and principles of economics through working for and being involved in various ways with many classical liberal and conservative institutions, such as the Foundation for Economic Education, the Independent Institute, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Cato Institute, and Young America's Foundation. His book "Employees and Entrepreneurship" came out in 2009.

Daniel J. Smith

Daniel J. Smith

Daniel J. Smith is an Associate Professor at the Johnson Center at Troy University and the Book Review Editor for The Review of Austrian Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and his B.B.A. in Economics, Banking & Finance, and Business Management from Northwood University. He has published op-eds in newspapers across the nation, including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Investor's Business Daily and writes a regular column for Yellowhammer News.

Topic: The Myth of Inequality and the Disappearing Middle Class
Evaluates commonly-accepted arguments that the middle class in America is disappearing and that inequality is increasing using basic economic analysis. Includes some of the arguments covered in my CNBC op-ed, "The Myth of Wage Stagnation." Adjusting for basic factors such as the growth of compensation in addition to wages, inflation, and demographic changes (i.e. as the ranks of the elderly in America grow, as does their ability to live longer on savings accumulated during their working years, you should expect to find more households with low-income or no income if you don't adjust for demographic factors), shows that inequality is not increasing in America and that the middle class is not disappearing. Based off of an article, "Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: A Framework for the Intimate and the Extended Orders" in Studies in Emergent Order and a book chapter, "The Theory of Social Cooperation Historically Contemplated," in Commerce and Community

Alexander D. Tokarev

Alexander D. Tokarev

  • Grew up as a Marxist, converted to classical liberal by Milton Friedman
  • Teaches economics and the philosophy of the free enterprise system at Northwood University
  • Author of hundreds of articles on entrepreneurship, bureaucratic regulation, central banking, international trade, education, healthcare, fiscal policies, democracy, and the rule of law

Michael Van Beek

Michael Van Beek

Michael Van Beek is director of research for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He joined the Mackinac Center in June 2009 as director of education policy. He has authored several studies for the Center as well as analysis and commentaries that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Press, The Oakland Press and elsewhere.

For four years prior to working at the Center, Van Beek taught political philosophy, government, economics and history at North Hills Classical Academy, a private primary and secondary school in Grand Rapids. He also served one year as a North Hills assistant administrator.

Van Beek obtained his Master of Arts in American history from Purdue University and his Bachelor of Arts in history from Hope College.

He lives in Midland, Mich., with his wife, three children, a dog and an assortment of semi-domesticated creatures, including a coyote named Gandalf, a fox named Felix and the Harrisons, a family of red-tail hawks.

John R. Lott, Jr.

John R. Lott, Jr. is the president of the newly formed Crime Prevention Research Center and he is an economist who has held research and/or teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. He has published over 100 articles in academic journals. He also is the author of eight books of which his newest is "Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench." His past books have included three editions of "More Guns, Less Crime" and "Freedomnomics." Lott is a FoxNews.com columnist. Opinion pieces by Lott have appeared in such places as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on such television programs as the ABC and NBC National Evening News broadcasts, Fox News, PBS's The NewsHour, and the Today Show. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.

John Gustincic

John Gustincic, JD, CFE, is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Gustincic has practiced tax and business law for fifteen years. Currently, Mr. Gustincic is an associate professor at Northwood University. Mr. Gustincic is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Ethics Committee and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Higher Education Committee.


Rebecca Chakraborty

Rebecca has a M. A in Economics from University of Pittsburgh. She is working towards her Doctoral degree in Health Economics currently. Her tentative goal to complete her Doctoral work is by Fall of 2017. She has been teaching at NU for twenty plus years. However, initially she was teaching part time. She started as full time faculty since Fall 2001. Recently she has been promoted to Associate Professor. She lives in Midland, Michigan with her husband and son and a Golden Doddle puppy.

Peter G. Klein

Peter G. Klein

Peter G. Klein is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University and Senior Research Fellow with the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise. He is also Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Management at the Norwegian School of Economics and Carl Menger Research Fellow at the Mises Institute. He has held faculty positions at the University of Missouri's Division of Applied Social Science and Truman School of Public Affairs, the Copenhagen Business School, the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, and Washington University's Olin Business School. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Klein's research and teaching focus on the links between entrepreneurship, strategy, and organization, with application to innovation, diversification, vertical coordination, health care, and public policy. His most recent book, Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment (with Nicolai Foss, Cambridge University Press, 2012), won the FEE Prize for the best book in Austrian economics. His work has appeared in many scholarly journals and on mises.org, the Huffington Post, and other outlets.

David Corbin

Dr. Corbin teaches courses in American political thought and politics and literature at The King's College in New York, NY. His areas of academic interest also include political philosophy, comparative government, and international politics. Dr. Corbin has written a book on Thucydides, and has co-authored books on the Aristotle, the American Founding, and The Federalist.

He is currently working on a comparative study of Shakespeare and Machiavelli's moral universes, and will soon co-author (w/Dr. Matthew Parks) a series of essays applying Tocqueville's political thought to contemporary American politics for the Liberty Fund's Law and Liberty blog. Dr. Corbin resides with his wife Catie in New York City and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and is the father of five children: Alex, Catherine, Patrick, Eliza, and Jack.

Peter G. Klein

Miren Ivankovic

A casual talk on me growing up, my experiences in Communist/Socialist Yugoslavia until I was off to US for college in the mid 80s.

Finished senior year of HS in US. Finished BS in Business Administration from Lander University, MBA, MA in Econ and PhD in econ from Clemson Univ.

Married with 4 children and many dogs and cats. Currently - assoc prof of econ and fin at Anderson University, Anderson SC. My research interests are in labor economics, sport economics, economics of crime and econ of higher education.

Sam Bowman

Sam Bowman

Sam Bowman is Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Britain's leading libertarian think tank, where he has worked since 2010. He is responsible for managing the Institute's team on a daily basis, working on the ASI's overall strategy, acting as a media spokesman for the Institute and writing and researching in his spare time.

His current research agenda is the political economy of "Bleeding Heart Libertarianism", a school of thought that tries to use free market policies to improve the welfare of the poor. His key policy areas are immigration and planning, which he sees as the two major areas where states hurt the poor globally and in the UK respectively. He is also interested in market monetarism and the epistemic challenges facing social democracy. He likes food, beer and pop music.

Gregory Papanikos

Gregory Papanikos

Greek Economic Crisis: This talk focuses on the impact of the Greek economic crisis. More specifically, it is an effort to detect the repercussion of the current economic recession in main aspects of the public sector such as the public health and the public education. An analysis is conducted on the most important changes that have occurred in the pre mentioned areas. Furthermore, suggestions are being made concerning the management on behalf of the public administration on this specific matter.

Gregory Papanikos is the President of the Athens Institute for Education and Research, where he has worked since 1995. He is also an Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Sturling U.K. His papers appear in more than 50 Greek "academic" journals and 14 book-monographs, as well as publishing over 100 articles in the Greek press.

Chandran Mylvaganam

Chandran Mylvaganam

Meral Yaliniz

Meral Yaliniz

Ken Horn

Ken Horn

Ken Horn has lived in Saginaw County for over 30 years. Ken was a Saginaw County commissioner for 14 years before serving in the Michigan House of Representatives for 6 years. Newly elected to the Michigan Senate, Ken will chair the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee and serve as vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He has also been appointed to the Energy & Technology and Insurance Committees. Ken holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Ken has completed Michigan State University's Political Leadership Program, Leadership Saginaw County, the Saginaw County Vision 2020 One Thousand Leaders Initiative, and received a Fellowship to Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.

He is active in many community service organizations including Frankenmuth Rotary International, Saginaw Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Saginaw Field and Stream, Frankenmuth Conservation Club and many local chambers of commerce. Ken currently lives in Frankenmuth with his wife Veronica. They have two children, Kevin and Andrea. Kevin and his wife Ruth have one child, Liam.

Kalin Manolov

Kalin Manolov

Christopher Koopman

Christopher Koopman

Christopher Koopman is a research fellow with the Project for the Study of American Capitalism at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in regulation, competition, and innovation, with a particular focus on public choice and the economics of government favoritism. His research and commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, NPR, and the Daily Beast. He is also a contributor at The Hill.

Koopman earned his J.D. from Ave Maria University and his LL.M. in law and economics at George Mason University where he now teaches in both the economics department and the George Mason University School of Law.



Student Speakers


Landon Schriber

Kristy Godley

Joshua Gammond

Dakota Rutkowski

Madison Welch

Philip D. Schlosser

Tyler Vertin

Stephanie Holbrook

Adam Bahar

Jemiae Myers

Johannes Sterobo

Michael Duffy

Curtis Burkhard

Byron Voorheis

Lexi Ford

Abdul Levy

Tony Sierra

Nicholas Pilon

Jonathon Makarewicz



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