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Dr. Adam Millsap--Cities: Where the Action Is
Monday, Dec. 3rd, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM
UNT Dallas, FH-138
People like to live next to one another in cities—more than 63% of the U.S. population lives on only 4% of the country’s land. But why? Join us for a discussion with Dr. Adam A. Millsap about why cities exist, why they are important for economic growth (and higher wages for college grads), which ones are thriving, and why they aren’t going away any time soon.

Dr. Millsap is the Assistant Director of the L. Charles Hilton Jr. Center for the Study of Economic Prosperity and Individual Opportunity at Florida State University and an Affiliated Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He conducts research on urban development, population trends, and labor markets. His op-eds and commentary have appeared in outlets such as The Hill, USA Today, Real Clear Policy, U.S. News and World Report, the Detroit Free Press, and the Cincinnati Enquirer, among others. He is also a Forbes contributor.

Dr. Art Carden--Leave me alone and I'll make you rich: How the bourgeois deal enriched the world
Monday, Oct. 8th, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Bellamy Building room 180 (first floor)
In the late 1700s economic growth began to surge in England, and since then such growth has spread to other parts of the world. As a result, millions of people across the globe are richer, safer, and healthier than ever before. But what caused this growth? Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Art Carden about the roots of modern economic prosperity.

Dr. Carden is Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University. His research has appeared in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy, and his commentaries have appeared in Forbes, Productive, USA Today, Black Belt, and many other outlets. He is currently working on a book with Dr. Deirdre McCloskey about the roots of economic growth. He earned his PhD in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Adam Millsap & Dr. Doug Norton--Major Money: The Monetary Benefits Of College Majors
Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Bellamy Building room 102 (first floor)
Over 70% of Freshmen identify making more money as a very important reason to attend college, and over their lifetimes college graduates will earn about $1 million more than high school graduates on average. But not all majors generate the same monetary benefits. Join Dr. Adam Millsap and Dr. Doug Norton for a discussion about the monetary benefits of different college majors.

Dr. Millsap is the Assistant Director of the L. Charles Hilton Jr. Center at Florida State University and a Senior Affiliated Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on cities, urban development, population trends, labor markets, and federal and local urban public policy. He earned his PhD in economics from Clemson University.

Dr. Norton is a postdoctoral scholar with the Hilton Center. His research focuses on the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and the intersection of church and state. He earned his PhD in economics from Florida State University in 2016 and has returned to the university after acting as Senior Economist at an education technology startup called MobLab.

Dr. Victor V. Claar--Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution
Monday, April 9th, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Bellamy Building, DeVoe L. Moore Conference Room (first floor, room 150)
Fair Trade is an enormously popular idea in Christian and secular circles alike. Who, after all, could be against fairness? Victor V. Claar, however, raises significant economic and moral questions about both the logic and economic reasoning underlying the fair-trade movement. In this talk, Claar suggests that, for all its good intentions, fair trade may not be of particular service to the poor, especially in the developing world. Mark McNees, Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Florida State University and founder of RedEye Coffee, will also be making some comments at the conclusion of Dr. Claar's talk. A joint Q & A session will follow.

Dr. Claar is associate professor of economics at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he holds the BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise. He studied business and math as an undergraduate at Houghton College in upstate New York, and earned his masters and doctoral degrees in economics at West Virginia University. Professor Claar is an affiliate scholar of the Acton Institute, as well as a member of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Faculty Network. He is a Fulbright Scholar, having spent a year teaching economics to graduate students in the former-Soviet republic of Armenia. Professor Claar is the author of Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution, an incisive, thoughtful work that challenges us all to rethink how we buy what we need and want.

Adam Thierer--Government and Emerging Technologies
Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Bellamy Building, DeVoe L. Moore Conference Room (first floor, room 150)
It seems like technology is changing everything—from how we shop to how we eat, learn, travel and more. How should the federal, state, and local governments respond? Join us for a discussion with Adam Thierer, author and Senior Research Fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Adam Thierer specializes in technology, media, Internet, and free-speech policies, with a particular focus on online safety and digital privacy. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Forbes, and he has appeared on national television and radio. Thierer is a frequent guest lecturer and has testified numerous times on Capitol Hill. Thierer has authored or edited eight books on topics ranging from media regulation and child safety issues to the role of federalism in high-technology markets. His latest book is Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom.