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Dr. Ming Wang’s Cosmopolitan Initiative Lecture Series

Coming in Fall 2021: Dr. Ming Wang's lecture series promotes civil dialogue on the economic, philosophical, and political benefits of an interconnected, tolerant, and cosmopolitan world.

The inaugural lecture, “Seeking common ground in U.S. China trade,” will be presented at MTSU by Dr. Ming Wang on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at 5 p.m.


About this lecture series: As economist Peter J. Boettke writes in his book The Struggle for a Better World, “Economic ideas play a vital role in the struggle to realize a better world. The hope for the twenty-first century, after the bloodshed of the twentieth and the inauspicious beginning of this century in terrorism and militarism, resides in the liberal ideal of a free and prosperous cosmopolitan order. We need an ethic for strangers that transcends national borders, rather than an ethic of geopolitics that rewards allies and aggresses against perceived enemies. The civilizing role of commerce and trade, a role recognized by the classics such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Hume and Smith, must be appreciated once again.”

In this spirit, this lecture series will feature academic scholars exploring the role of global trade, immigration, and de-escalation in establishing a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of humanity.

ming wang photoThe lead sponsor for this lecture series is Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics), and guest lectures will be moderated by Dr. Wang and faculties of the MTSU Political Economy Research Institute. Dr. Wang is a world-renowned laser eye surgeon, philanthropist, and a co-founder of the non-profit Common Ground Network. As a teenager, Ming fought valiantly to escape China’s Cultural Revolution – during which millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of hard labor and poverty. He came to America with only $50 and earned two doctorate degrees, one in laser physics and one in medicine, and graduated with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT. Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge. Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifelong dedication to help blind orphaned children from around the world.

2021 Constitution Week — Rare Texts Exhibit

In celebration of Constitution Week this fall at MTSU, a display of U.S. constitution-related rare texts and documents from the Remnant Trust at Texas Tech University will be available for public viewing in September. More details will be forthcoming.

Maverick: A Discussion on Thomas Sowell

Jason Riley, author and Wall Street Journal columnist, will be presenting a lecture in February 2022 at MTSU on his new book on economist Thomas Sowell. More details will be forthcoming.

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AIER Bastiat Society: Is Inflation Coming?

In-Person Event: June 23, 2021  |  6 p.m. (CDT)
Richland Country Club
1 Club Drive
Nashville, TN 37215 

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AIER’s Bastiat Society program in Nashville will host an event with Thomas Hogan, Senior Research Fellow at AIER.

Since the start of 2020, the Federal Reserve has increased the money supply by more than 30%. In April, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by an annualized rate of 4.2%. Is this a sign of major inflation to come? How will recent changes in Fed policy affect the economy? Join us as Thomas Hogan discusses the Fed’s recent actions and what they could mean for inflation and the economy.

The Bastiat Society of Nashville’s speaker series is co-sponsored by The Beacon Center of Tennessee and The Political Economy Research Institute at MTSU.

Eventbrite ticket required.

About the speaker: Thomas L. Hogan, Ph.D., is a senior research fellow at AIER. He was formerly the chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. He has also worked at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Troy University, West Texas A&M University, the Cato Institute, the World Bank, Merrill Lynch’s commodity trading group, and for investment firms in the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Hogan’s research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Macroeconomics and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. He has appeared on programs such as BBC World News, Stossel TV, and Bloomberg Radio and has been quoted by news outlets including CNN Business, American Banker, and the National Review.

Public Choice Society Annual Meeting

The 59th Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society is set for March 10-12, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt in Nashville, Tennessee.

Society President William Shughart will be organizing the academic program. With over 70 planned concurrent sessions and three plenary sessions, the conference will bring together cutting edge research across all fields of public choice. Special sessions and events will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the publication of James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock's The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy. The conference will open at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday March 14, and conclude with a closing reception on Saturday evening.

Socializing and sustenance will be abundant, as the conference will feature common meals each day, coffee breaks between academic sessions, and cocktail receptions on Thursday and Saturday nights. Our annual awards luncheon on Saturday will announce the Duncan Black Prize, the Gordon Tullock Prize, and the eighth annual Elinor and Vincent Ostrom Prize for best combined paper and presentation by a graduate student. Our affiliate groups and sponsors will exhibit various opportunities including special publisher discounts available to conference attendees. Finally, the Grand Hyatt Nashville provides the ideal setting for us to gather amidst the history, culture and entertainment of this vibrant city. Paper and session submissions will be open from September 1 to November 1. 

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