Northwood University to Host Visiting Lecture on the Moral Foundations of the Free Market

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Northwood to host Dr. Mark Mitchell.

MIDLAND, MI – On Monday, January 21, at 7 p.m., Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise will host Dr. Mark Mitchell on the topic of “Beyond Supply and Demand: The Moral Foundations of the Free Market.”

Dr. Mitchell’s lecture, which is part of the Forum’s spring lecture series regarding the idea of a humane economy, will take place in Griswold Lecture Hall on Northwood University’s Midland campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. There is no admission charge or ticket necessary. Members of the community are encouraged to attend.

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. Dr. Mitchell is also editor-in-chief of “Front Porch Republic,” a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism and cultural regionalism. He 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.

According to Dr. Glenn Moots, director of the Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and professor and chair of philosophy and political science at Northwood University, Dr. Mitchell’s lecture will offer a fresh and provocative perspective on economics. “Between the opposing sides of regulation and free enterprise is the neglected question of the moral character necessary for economic progress. Professor Mitchell will lead off our series with that important question.”

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


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Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.