Northwood University to Host Speaker Series on Humane Economy

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All presentations will be held in the Griswold Lecture Hall.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise will host three lectures on the principles of a humane economy this spring. All presentations will be held in the Griswold Lecture Hall on Northwood University’s Midland campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. There is no admission charge or ticket necessary and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

On Monday, January 21, at 7 p.m., Dr. Mark Mitchell will deliver a lecture titled “Beyond Supply and Demand: The Moral Foundations of the Free Market.” Dr. Mitchell is chairman, Department of Government, and professor of government at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, and a past visiting fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He is the author of The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place & Community in a Global Age, The Art of Knowing, and co-editor of The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry and The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic. He is also editor-in-chief of “Front Porch Republic,” a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism and cultural regionalism. Dr. Mitchell has published essays on a diversity of authors including Eric Voegelin, Michael Polanyi and Flannery O’Connor and on themes including democracy, community and tradition.

On Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m., Professor Harry Veryser will speak about “The Necessary Preconditions of a Humane Economy.” The author of It Didn’t Have to Be This Way: Why Boom and Bust Is Unnecessary and How the Austrian School of Economics Breaks the Cycle, Veryser is an instructor at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as director of graduate studies in economics from 2007 to 2012. He also served as chairman of the economics and finance department at Walsh College from 1987-2007 where he retired as a distinguished professor. A successful entrepreneur, Veryser was chairman of Stampings Inc. in Fraser, Michigan, from 1987 to 2005. He has lectured widely on economics and the history of economic thought. Veryser’s articles have appeared in The Detroit News, The Intercollegiate Review and The University Bookman.

On Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m., Dr. Samuel Gregg will address the topic of “Wilhelm Röpke and Europe’s Contemporary Crisis.” The director of research for the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Gregg is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of several books including The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age, On Ordered Liberty: A Treatise on the Free Society, Wilhelm Röpke’s Political Economy and, most recently, Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid A European Future. In addition, he is co-editor of Natural Law, Economics and the Common Good. Dr. Gregg has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance and natural law theory. His essays, news articles and op-eds have appeared in variety of publications throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America including Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Foreign Affairs and Die Tagespost.

Professor Glenn Moots, chair of the philosophy and political science department at Northwood, directs the Forum and commented on the lecture series. “Economies are usually evaluated by numbers but the real measure of any economy is the principles and institutions underlying it. These speakers are sensitive to those matters and will raise the questions that need to be asked as they evaluate our economic future.”

Questions about the event may be directed to Professor Glenn A. Moots at 989.837.4255 or


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