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Vaccine Mandates and Liberty: Where should we draw the line?

January 21, 2022

Topic of Feb. 16 hybrid event hosted by Northwood University and Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Northwood University and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy are hosting a Feb. 16 program that will explore where we should draw the line between preserving personal liberties and protecting health when it comes to mandatory vaccinations.

Presenters will include Mike Van Beek, director of research at the Mackinac Center, and Dr. Dale Matcheck, chair of economics at Northwood University. Holly Wetzel, director of public relations for the Mackinac Center, will moderate the discussion.

“We are grateful for this opportunity for a thought-provoking discussion on such a timely issue,” stated Matcheck, who co-authored When We Are Free, an anthology of essays describing the values and functioning of a free enterprise system. “We invite students, faculty, staff and citizens from around the region to attend this riveting program.”

A reception for select attendees is planned for 6 p.m., and it will be followed with the program (which will include time for questions and answers) from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Griswold Center at Northwood University, 4000 Whiting Dr., Midland.

The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is needed by 5 p.m. Feb. 14. You can register online.

This programming is sponsored by the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation.

About the Presenters

Dale Matcheck is professor and chair of the Economics Department at Northwood University. He is coauthor and editor of When We Are Free, an anthology of essays describing the values and functioning of a free enterprise system. He is a member of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy Studies Board of Scholars, a regular participant in educational seminars for the Institute of Humane Studies and the Foundation of Economic Education.

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

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