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Events and Activities

Center for Free Enterprise Events

The Center for Free Enterprise sponsors an active on-campus community to discuss and share ideas that support economic freedom through a free enterprise and free market system.

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Politics, Law, and Economics Lecture Series

The PLE Lecture Series is designed to highlight the ways in which politics, law and economics work together to sustain free enterprise. International and nationally renowned scholars, journalists and policy-analysts visit Florida Southern and share their insight and experience with students. Open to the public, this series is a great opportunity to meet experts in various fields.

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Adam Smith Club

The Adam Smith Club is a community of students who discuss and share ideas that support economic freedom and free enterprise. Students engage with one another through a book club and related activities. During the Fall 2018 semester the ASC read and discussed Peter Schweizer’s “Secret Empires”. Spring 2019 the group will read and discuss Alan Greenspan’s “Capitalism in America: A History”

Meetings are held at 4:30 PM

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  • August 22
  • August 29
  • September 12
  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 7
  • November 21
  • January 9
  • January 16
  • January 30
  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 12
  • March 26
  • April 16

Prize for Economic Freedom

The annual Prize for Economic Freedom is awarded to individuals who have provided outstanding support for free enterprise and related institutions like the rule of law and pluralistic politics. Recipients of the award have included William Becker, Ed Crenshaw, and H. Fisk Johnson from the world of business, authors and academics F.H Buckley and Peter Schweizer, and Senator Phil Gramm from the political sphere.

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Contemporary Issues Research

This spring the Center for Free Enterprise will host a series of talks by faculty who will discuss their research on contemporary issues. These brown-bag lunchtime talks will consist of interesting and varied topics. We invite you to bring a sandwich and learn what is new!

Becker Business Building Room 115 - 10:50 AM

  • James W. Fenton, Ph.D. (details forthcoming)
  • Peter V. Bias, Ph.D. (details forthcoming)
  • Gordon L. Brady, Ph.D. (details forthcoming)
  • Patrick T. Newman, Ph.D. (details forthcoming)

Teaching High School Economics Workshop

The Teaching High School Economics workshops, hosted by the Center for Free Enterprise, brings together High school teachers from 6 surrounding counties to show how economics can be better taught in the classroom. Sessions cover subjects such as “Gains from Trade & Exchange“; “Property Rights & Markets“ and “Supply & Demand“. One 3 hour workshop each semester assists high school teachers as they educate their students to more fully understand the benefits of a free market economy.

The Spring 2019 workshop - TEACHING ELASTICITY & CORPORATE WORLD ISSUES TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - was held on February 26th. Dr. Bias, Dr. Connors and Dr. Newman gave great insight on the following: Stretching Your Knowledge of Elasticity; Understanding Market Structures; and Case Studies of Monopoly, Regulations & Competition. Our workshops are open to all Florida high school teachers and students teachers and begin at 5:00 PM.

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Antony Dnes, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Free Enterprise
Professor of Economics