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Freedom Seminar heads to Dearborn for final segment

April 3, 2023

The 2023 Northwood University Freedom Seminar is hitting the road for its final segment: It will feature two distinguished professors discussing economic freedom and entrepreneurship on April 15 in Dearborn.

The Northwood University Freedom Seminar is an annual symposium on the free-enterprise system led by distinguished academic and business leaders. Its purpose is to investigate topics of utmost interest to local, national, and global audiences.

This year’s program — the 45th Northwood University Freedom Seminar — was divided into three segments, starting with a lineup of speakers who discussed economic freedom on a global scale in February. The seminar picked up for its second leg on March 16-17, focusing on threats to economic freedom.

The final segment will be held Saturday, April 15, at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn. It will provide a historical perspective on the relation between economic freedom and entrepreneurship. It also includes a visit to historic Greenfield Village, where many of the historic buildings and artifacts related to American enterprise are on display.

Speakers include:

Dr. Timothy G. Nash, director of the McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Nash will present, “Travels and Life Made Better by the Real McCoy,” which will remember the contributions of African American entrepreneurs to America’s economic development, with particular focus on the life and accomplishments of Michigan native Elijah J. McCoy. 

His presentation will begin at 3:45 p.m.

Dr. Dale Matcheck, chair of Northwood University’s Economics Department, received his doctorate from Cornell University. He is a professor and department chair of Northwood University’s Economics Program. Matcheck will discuss the social function of entrepreneurship at 4:35 p.m.

“Here at Northwood, we believe that freedom, individual responsibility, and enterprise are essential for human progress,” Matcheck stated. “The Freedom Seminar provides participants with a deeper understanding of these values and how they can be applied to improve public policy, business, and our personal lives. This event brings Northwood students, employees, and alumni together with community leaders, business professionals, and distinguished scholars for lectures, discussions, and debates about the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of living in a free society.”

The Freedom Seminar is made possible by the generous support of the McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University. The public is invited to participate in the Freedom Seminar, and there is no cost to attend. However, you must register for each session you’d like to see. To learn more, visit

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