Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism

Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series brings to campus high caliber speakers who present seminars on different topics related to the underlying principles and institutions of free markets. Mercer students, faculty and the local business community are all invited to attend.

2018 – 2019


Edward Lopez
Professor of Economics
BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism

Director Center for the Study of Free Enterprise

Western Carolina University

"Campaign Finance in America: Why So `Small'?"

February 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm Medical Auditorium



Lawrence Reed

"Challenging the Myths of Progressivism"

February 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm SEB 110

Organized by Students for Liberty



Yaron Brook
Chairman of the Board
Ayn Rand Institute

"Inequality Empowers Individual Responsibility"

January 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm Willingham Auditorium

Derek Yonai
Associate Professor of Economics

Director of the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics

Emporia State University

"Morality and Markets"

October 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm Medical Auditorium


Roy Fickling
Owner and President Fickling & Company, Inc.

"The Benefits of Capitalism and Free Trade"


September 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm Medical Auditorium.                


2017 – 2018

George Crowley
Associate Professor of Economics

Troy University

"Long Live the King? Economic Effects of Term Limits"

March 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm Engineering Auditorium (SEB 110)


David Skarbek
Associate Professor of Political Science

Brown University

"Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison
Gangs Govern the American Penal System"

February 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm Engineering Auditorium (SEB 110)      


Benjamin Powell
Director Free Market Institute
Professor of Economics

Texas Tech University

"The Economics of Sweat Shops"

October 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm Medical Auditorium


Larry White
Professor of Economics
Member of the Mercatus Center 

George Mason University

"Is There a Reasonable Case for the Gold Standard?"

September 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm Medical Auditorium


2016 – 2017

Aaron Smith
Ayn Rand Institute

"The Morality of Life in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged"
April 5, 2017 at 10:00 am STN 251


Robert Lawson
Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed
Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom

Southern Methodist University

"Economic Freedom and the Health and Wealth of Nations"
March 22, 2017 at 10:00 am Medical Auditorium


Eric Graf
Professor of Literature
Universidad Francisco Marroquín

"Don Quijote de la Mancha and Economic Freedom"
March 1, 2017 at 10:00 am Medical Auditorium


Cristopher Lingle
Visiting Professor of Economics
Universidad Francisco Marroquín

"Regulating Human Actions: State Dictate vs. Cooperative Agreements"
November 4, 2016 at 11:00 am STN 251


Scott Cunningham
Associate Professor of Economics
Baylor University

"The Economics of Prostitution"
September 21, 2016 at 10:00 am STN 251


2015 – 2016


Scott Winship
Walter B. Wriston Fellow
Manhattan Institute

"The Rise in Income Concentration Among the Top 1%"
March 16, 2016 at 10:00 am STN 251


Steve Horwitz
Charles A. Dana Professor and Chair
Hepburn Hall
St. Lawrence University

"Inequality, Mobility and Povery in America"
January 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm STN 251

Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Senior Fellow
Manhattan Institute

"Wake Up, Millennials, Your Government is Betraying You"
October 28, 2015 at 10:00 am STN 251



Raj Bhala
Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law
Rice Distinguished Professor

"Trans Pacific Partnership or Trade Policy for the Plutocracy?"
October 7, 2015 at 10:00 am STN 251

2014 – 2015

President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada
Former President of Bolivia
"A Vision for the Future"
April 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm Peyton Anderson Auditorium


Walter Block
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Chair in Economics
Loyola University New Orleans
Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute
"Introduction to Libertarianism"
January 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm STN 251 
Ataman Ozyildirim
Director Business Cycles and Growth Research
The Conference Board
"Global Economic Outlook 2015"
December 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm Atlanta campus; Days auditorium
December 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm Macon campus; STN 251 
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Steve Gohmann

Professor of Economics
BB&T Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise
University of Louisville
"The Mystery of the Missing Southern Micro Brews"
November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm; STN 251

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Past Speakers