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  • Filmaking, Property Rights, and Public Policy
    • Ted Balaker, co-founder of Korchula Productions
    • Feb 4, 2020 at 4:30-9:00p in the Askew Student Life Cinema at FSU

    Film Producer to Speak at FSU Screening

    Tallahassee, Fla. – Ted Balaker, co-founder of the independent film company Korchula Productions and producer of the acclaimed 2017 drama “Little Pink House,” will introduce a screening of the film at Florida State University and participate in wide-ranging discussions about motion pictures, property rights and urban redevelopment.
    The event, “Filmmaking, Property Rights, and Public Policy, which is free and open to the public, takes place:
    Tuesday, February 4
    4:30 pm - Discussion on “Making Films That Matter”
    6:00 pm – Movie Screening
    7:45 pm – Experts panel
    9:00 pm – Reception
    Askew Student Life Cinema, Learning Way, FSU Campus

    Students and the general public are welcome to attend all or one of the events. All three events quality for certificate maintenance for the American Planning Association, (1.25 legal credits for the final panel), and continuing legal education (CLE) credits are pending through the Florida Bar.


    • Event details can be found on Facebook here.
    • A flyer for the event can be found here.
    • The full draft program, including bios of the speakers can be found here.
    • The FSU press release announcing the event can be found here.
    • American Planning Association CM/L credit information can be found here.

    Little Pink House is a feature film describing the real-life trials experienced by Susette Kelo as her local government in Connecticut tried to seize her property for private land development. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court and triggered a nationwide movement to rein in local government eminent domain powers.

    The film was written and directed by Courtney Balaker and stars Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (Get Out, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) as Kelo. It has won or been nominated for numerous film festival awards.

    An April 2018 review in Variety said, “Balaker’s heartfelt film holds attention as a straightforward account of a complicated case, and benefits from the intelligent, careworn presence of Catherine Keener as its human anchor amid all the procedural to-and-fro.”

    The screening will be bracketed by discussions designed to illuminate the issues addressed in the film and the process of bringing this true story to the screen.

    Prior to the film, Sam Staley, director of FSU’s DeVoe Moore Center, will moderate “Making Movies That Matter,” a discussion with Ted Balaker about filmmaking, dramatizing true stories, and the process of making this movie.

    The film screening follows, and then Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy and Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the James Madison Institute, will moderate an expert panel discussion, "Private Property Rights, Urban Development and Kelo vs. City of New London.”

    The panel includes Gary VanLandingham, Senior Practitioner in Residence with the FSU Askew School of Public Administration and Policy; Kenneth B. Metcalf, certified land planner; and Mark Seidenfeld, the Patricia A. Dore Professor of Administrative Law, FSU College of Law.

    The evening will conclude with a social reception after the panel.

    The public is welcome to attend any or all of the evening’s events.

    The event is sponsored by the FSU DeVoe L. Moore Center, the James Madison Institute, the FSU College of Law Federalist Society, the American Planning Association Florida Capital Area Section and the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

    Past Events

    Spring 2018

  • Endogenous Amenities and Cities
    • Research Symposium and Journal of Regional Science Special Issue
    • Apr 26-28, 2018 in the Turnbull Conference Center at FSU
    • Co-hosted with the FSU Real Estate Center

    • Is Bitcoin A Bubble?
      • William Luther, Assistant Professor of Economics at Kenyon University
      • Mar 08, 2018 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Do Nuclear Weapons Promote Peace?
      • Keegan Connally, Policy Analyst at the Government Accountability Institute
      • Feb 01, 2018 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Social Enterprise Pitch Night
      • Val Rodriguez, DMC Social Entrepreneurship Manager
      • Jan 31, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Main Hall of Bellamy Building First Floor
      • Hosted through the DMC Social Entrepreneurship Program

    Fall 2017

    • An Introduction to Civil Asset Forfeiture
      • Giovanna Da Silva, DMC Blog Content Editor
      • Nov 16, 2017 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Basic Time Series Methods for Forecasting
      • Paul Beaumont, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Nov 14, 2017 at 3:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Using Statistical Software to Perform Empirical Analysis
      • Anastasia Semykina, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Nov 10, 2017 at 1:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Seminar: Does An Open-Borders Immigration Policy Makes Sense for the U.S.?
      • Fabio Rojas, Professor of Sociology at Indiana University - Bloomington
      • Patrick Mason, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Deana Rohlinger, Associate Professor of Sociology at Florida State University
      • Tim Chapin, Dean of the College of Social Science and Public Policy at FSU
      • Samuel Staley, Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at FSU
      • Nov 02, 2017 at 7:00pm in HCB Room 102
      • Co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies
    • Communicating Effectively With Charts and Graphs
      • Martha Evans, Adjunct Professor of Business at Florida State University
      • Oct 25, 2017 at 3:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Consumer Protection and Other Economic Fallacies
      • Joseph Calhoun, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Sep 20, 2017 at 6:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Spring 2017

    • Who Cares? The Film
      • Val Rodriguez, DMC Social Entrepreneurship Manager
      • Apr 26, 2017 at 6:15pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Hosted through the DMC Social Entrepreneurship Program
    • The Economics of the War On Drugs
      • Randall Holcombe, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Apr 20, 2017 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Seminar: Can Markets Provide Liberty, Justice, and Kidneys?
      • John Hasnas, Professor of Law at Georgetown University
      • James Stacey Taylor, Associate Professor of Philosophy at College of New Jersey
      • Brandon Turner, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clemson University
      • Apr 14, 2017 at 4:30pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies
    • U.S. Democratization in the Middle East
      • Christopher Coyne, Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University
      • Apr 13, 2017 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Florida Criminal Justice Forum
      • Deborrah Brodsky, Director of Project On Accountable Justice at FSU
      • Mar 03, 2017 at 8:30am in the Florida State Conference Center
      • Co-hosted with the FSU Project On Accountable Justice
    • Tuskeegee and the Health of Black Men
      • Marianne Wanamaker, Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee
      • Feb 10, 2017 at 3:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies
      • Part of the Hilton Lecture Series
    • The Economic Case for Immigration
      • Don Boudreaux, Professor of Economics at George Mason University
      • Feb 09, 2017 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Fall 2016

    • Redeye Coffee's Social Entrepreneurship Expo
      • Mark McNees, Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at FSU
      • Dec 06, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Mail Hall of Bellamy Building First Floor
      • Hosted through the DMC Social Entrepreneurship Program
    • Generation Start-Up Film Screening
      • Val Rodriguez, DMC Social Entrepreneurship Manager
      • Nov 17, 2016 at 7:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Hosted through the DMC Social Entrepreneurship Program
    • Conference: Coercion and the Helping Professions
      • Michael Huemer, Professor of Philosophy at University of Colorado - Boulder
      • Bruce Alexander, Professor of Economics at Simon Frasier University
      • Thomas Blomberg, Professor of Criminology at Florida State University
      • Gary Melton, Director of Community Development at the Kempe Center
      • Gavin Davidson, Professor of Social Work at Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland
      • Nov 09, 2017 at 8:00am in the Trumbull Conference Center Second Floor
      • Co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies
    • An Evening With John Crossman
      • John Crossman, CEO of Crossman and Company
      • Oct 13, 2016 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with the James Madison Institute

    Spring 2016

    • The Economics of Why Nations Jail
      • Daniel D'Amico, Professor of Economics at Brown University
      • Apr 21, 2016 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Advanced Time-Series Methods
      • Paul Beaumont, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Apr 06, 2016 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • The Central Limit Theorem
      • Hugo Montesinos, Economics Graduate Assistant at Florida State University
      • Mar 23, 2016 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Flaws and Fallacies in Empirical Thinking
      • Hugo Montesinos, Economics Graduate Assistant at Florida State University
      • Feb 24, 2016 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Ceter Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Conference: Income Inequality - Boogyman or Menace
      • Abby Hall Blanco, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Tampa
      • Shawn Kantor, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Mark LeBar, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University
      • Larry Polivka, Executive Director of the Claude Pepper Foundation
      • Jeff Proctor, CEO of Positive Sum Games, economist, design strategist
      • Katie Sherron, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Feb 13, 2016 at 10:00am in HCB Room 101
      • Co-hosted with the Foundation for Economic Education
    • Spacial Econometrics
      • Christopher Clapp, Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Feb 10, 2016 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • U.S. Military Expenditures and Drones
      • Benjamin Friedman, research fellow at the Cato Institute
      • Jan 14, 2016 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Fall 2015

    • Special Topic From the Journal of Economics
      • Paul Beaumont, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Nov 12, 2015 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Policy Writing Workshop
      • Kevin Gomez, Outreach Coordinator at the DeVoe L. Moore Center
      • Oct 30, 2015 at 11:30am in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • DMC Intern Training Workshop for the Policy Analysis Research Group
    • Methodology: The Basics
      • Christopher Clapp, Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Oct 29, 2015 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Common Problems With Induction
      • Kevin Willardson, Economics Graduate Assistant at Florida State University
      • Oct 14, 2015 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Using Statistical Software to Perform Empirical Analysis
      • Anastasia Semykina, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Sep 30, 2015 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • Data Management and Gathering
      • Martha Evans, Adjunct Professor of Business at Florida State University
      • Sep 16, 2015 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series

    Spring 2015

    • Economics of Mass Incarceration and the Prison State
      • Daniel D'Amico, Professor of Economics at Brown University
      • Apr 09, 2015 at 7:00pm in DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Conference: How the Sharing Economy Is Changing the World
      • Katie Dawson, Event Organizer, President of Economics Club at FSU
      • Feb 28, 2015 at 12:00pm in HCB Room 101
      • Co-hosted with the Foundation for Economic Education
    • Spacial Econometrics
      • Kevin Willardson, Economics Graduate Assistant at Florida State University
      • Feb 10, 2015 at 5:30pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Part of the DMC Public Policy Workshop Series
    • The Pathology of Privilege: Economic and Social Consequences
      • Matt Mitchell, Professor of Economics at George Mason University
      • Jan 29, 2015 at 5:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Fall 2014

    • Civil Rights and the Role of Business
      • David Jackson, Associate Professor of History at Florida A&M University
      • Oct 29, 2014 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with African American Studies Program and Jim Moran Inst.
    • The Economics of Charity versus Government Welfare
      • Matthew Kelly, Policy Analyst at the DeVoe L. Moore Center
      • Sep 25, 2014 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Spring 2014

    • Conference: Creative Teaching Ideas For Your Basic Economics Course
      • Mary Suiter, Assistant VP at the Economic Reserve Bank of St. Louis
      • Mark Schug, Professor of Economics at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
      • Ninos Malek, Professor of Economics at San Jose State University
      • Scott Barton, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at IHS
      • Feb 07, 2014 at 9:00am in the Augustus Turnbull Conference Center
      • Co-hosted with Stavros Center and Institute for Humane Studies
    • The Economics of Political Extortion
      • Peter Schweizer, President of the Government Accountability Institute
      • Jan 17, 2014 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • The Failure of the Market Failure Argument
      • John Hasnas, Professor of Business at George Mason University
      • Jan 09, 2014 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Fall 2013

    • Immigration Panel: The American Dream vs. The American Dilemma
      • Mark Krikorian, Director of the Center for Immigration Studies
      • Alex Nowrasteh, Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute
      • Daniel Garza, President of the LIBRE Initiative
      • Mario Villareal-Diaz, Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State
      • Nov 12, 2013 at 7:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
      • Sponsored by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
    • Investing in Humanity and the Environment
      • Holly Fretwell, Professor of Economics at Montana State University
      • Nov 07, 2013 at 7:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 023
      • Co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Immigration Restrictions: A Solution In Search of a Problem
      • Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University
      • Oct 23, 2013 at 7:00pm in the DeVoe L. Moore Center Conference Room
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Spring 2013

    • Launching the Innovation Rennaissance
      • Alex Tabarrok, Professor of Economics at George Mason University
      • Apr 11, 2013 at 6:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • The Bourgeois Deal: Why Some Countries Are Rich and Others Are Poor
      • Art Caden, Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University
      • Mar 28, 2013 at 6:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Sweatshops and Economic Growth
      • Benjamin Powell, Professor of Economics at Texas Tech University
      • Mar 07, 2013 at 6:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Immigration
      • Scott Beaulier, Professor of Business at North Dakota State University
      • Feb 28, 2013 at 6:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Funding the Prison Industrial Complex
      • Daniel D'Amico, Professor of Economics at Brown University
      • Feb 07, 2013 at 6:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University

    Fall 2012

    • Economics of the American Prison State
      • Daniel D'Amico, Professor of Economics at Brown University
      • Nov 29, 2012 at 6:00pm in Bellamy Building Room 180
      • Co-hosted with student organizations at Florida State University
    • Austrian Economics
      • Samuel Staley, Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • Oct 16, 2012 at 4:30pm at 501 E. Tennessee St. Suite C
      • Co-hosted with the LCLEC

    Events pre-2008

    2006-2007 Academic Year

    • John Stossel Co–Anchor of ABC’s 20/20 “Myths, Lies and Stupidity”
    • Harry Lerner President of Maxcy Development Group, Tampa, FL

    2005-2006 Academic Year

    • Sam Staley Director of Urban Futures Program, Reason Public Policy Institute “Reducing Congestion and Increasing Mobility: The Road More Traveled”
    • Casey Dawkins Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute “Urban Sprawl and the Transition to First–Time Homeownership”

    2004-2005 Academic Year

    • Joel Embry Representative of Welaunee in Tallahassee, FL “Privatizing Public Policy”
    • Craig Volden Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University “Policy Diffusion from Cities to States: Anti–Smoking Laws in the U.S.”

    2003-2004 Academic Year

    • Daniel McMillen Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate, University of Illinois at Chicago “The Endogeneity of Zoning and Other Land Use Controls”
    • Christopher Bollinger Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky “An Introduction to Spatial Econometrics” Edgar Olsen Professor of Economics, University of Virginia “Economics of Housing Assistance for the Poor”
    • William Niskanen Chairman, Cato Institute “After Enron: The Major Lessons for Public Policy” Brady Baybeck Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri—St. Louis “Urban Politics and Policy”

    2002-2003 Academic Year

    • Richard L. Engstrom Professor of Africana Studies, University of New Orleans “Effects of Electoral Structures on Public Policies in U.S. Cities”
    • Richard Winters Professor of Government, Dartmouth College “Variability in Charitable Giving Across the U.S. States”
    • Arthur C. Nelson Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning and Director of Graduate Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute “Regulatory Models and Their Land Use Implications”

    2001-2002 Academic Year

    • Michael Berkman Professor of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University “School Choice?”
    • Genevieve Giuliano Director of METRANS Transportation Center, University of Southern California “Land Use and Travel Revisited: The U.S. and Great Britain”
    • Peter Vander Hoek Professor of Economics, Erasmus University, The Netherlands “Taxation in the European Union”
    • Michael Mintrom Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University “Educational Entrepreneurship and Charter Schools”
    • Robert Stein Dean and Professor of Political Science, Rice University “Neighborhood Politics and Local Government”
    • Douglass North Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, Washington University “What We Know and Don’t Know About Economic Development”

    2000-2001 Academic Year

    • Mark Schneider Professor of Political Science, SUNY Stony Brook “Information and the Market for School Choice”
    • Michael McDonald Professor of Political Science, SUNY Binghamton “Understanding Taxpayer Complaints: Self–Interest or Government Mistake?”

    1999-2000 Academic Year

    • James Buchanan Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, George Mason University