Dr. James M. Buchanan Centennial Birthday Academic Conference
Buchanan 100 Conference
- Date: October 2-5, 2019
- Location: Murfreesboro, TN
The University Honors College and the Political Economy Research Institute at Middle Tennessee State University are pleased to host an academic conference to honor and build upon the important scholarship of MTSU alumnus and Nobel laureate, Dr. James M. Buchanan. The event will coincide with the centennial of Dr. Buchanan’s birthday.
The Full Conference Schedule
|Wednesday, October 2, 2019||Check in to hotel||3:00 p.m.|
|Check-in at registration table||4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, October 3, 2019||Free Breakfast Buffet in Lobby||7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.|
|Session 1: Influences on Buchanan||8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.|
|Break||9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.|
|Session 2: Democracy||10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.|
|Session 3: Constitutions||1:00p.m. – 2:30 p.m.|
|Break||2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jay Cost (State Farm Room)||7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Friday, October 4, 2019||Free Breakfast Buffet in Lobby||7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.|
|Session 4: Public Choice||8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.|
|Break||9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.|
|Session 5: Extensions||10:00a.m. – 11:30 a.m.|
Detailed Session Schedule
Please note, the provided conference papers are working papers. Contact the author(s) for permission to cite or quote.
Session 1: Influences on James M. Buchanan
Session 2: Democracy
Session 3: Constitutions
Session 4: The Academy and Research in Public Choice
Session 5: Appraisals and Extensions
Graduate Student Poster Board Presentations:
Emilia J. Suggs (PERI Summer Ph.D. Fellow)
Zeynep Beyhan (PERI Visiting Ph.D. Fellow)
Protik Nandy (PERI Summer Ph.D. Fellow)
Dr. Buchanan, born in Murfreesboro, TN, in 1919, received the the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1986 “for his development of the contractual and constitutional bases for the theory of economic and political decision-making.” He is broadly recognized as one of the key founders of the field of public choice, which applies economic reasoning to our understanding of political outcomes and the political institutions that influence those outcomes. Dr. Buchanan’s generous gifts to the University Honors College at MTSU supports the prestigious Buchanan Fellowship Program, MTSU’s premier scholarship awarded to 20 freshman student scholars each year. This academic conference, in addition to celebrating Dr. Buchanan’s scholarship and generosity, will also provide these Buchanan Fellows with an opportunity to engage his intellectual contributions.
The Political Economy Research Institute, established in 2016, is a joint venture between the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the University Honors College. The mission of the institute is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in research that will further the understanding of business and economic principles, as well as their impact on regional, national, and international financial conditions and the wellbeing of society. To advance its mission, the PERI will engage in research and educational programs that uncover the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human flourishing.