March 6-7, 2015
Register here! 

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 

At this day and a half long seminar, explore the topics of freedom, entrepreneurship, and innovation from multiple disciplines and perspectives. Through lectures, discussions, and breakout sessions, you’ll learn about  economics and entrepreneurship with passionate students and dedicated professors. Discuss entrepreneurship over lunch with John Papola, or join your peers in debating economics with Professor Peter Boettke late into the night.

Weekend seminars go beyond just lectures--join the seminar, and join the discussion.

Hosted by the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and the Institute for Humane Studies.


Peter Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University
Edward Stringham, Associate Professor of Business Economics at Texas Tech University
John Papola, CEO and Creative Director at Emergent Order
Robert A. Lawson, Jerome N. Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom at Southern Methodist University
Steven W. Bradley, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Baylor University


A schedule of events is listed below.  All sessions will take place in Rm. 101 of the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration. All meals and receptions, including registration, will take place in the Rawls Atrium

Friday, March 6th: 

Hotel Registration, MCM Elegante Hotel: 3:00 - 3:30 PM
Shuttle to Rawls College: 3:30 - 4:00 PM
Seminar Registration: 4:00 - 4:15 PM
Introduction: 4:15 - 4:30 PM
Robert Lawson, Why Do Leftists Hate Economic Freedom?: 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Dinner: 5:45 - 7:00 PM
Peter Boettke, Alchian, Buchanan, and Coase: A Neglected Branch of Chicago Price Theory: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Reception: 8:15 - 9:30 PM
Shuttle to MCM Elegante Hotel: 9:30 - 10:00 PM

Saturday, March 7th: 

Breakfast at MCM Elegante Hotel: 8:00- 9:00 AM
Shuttle to Rawls College: 9:15 - 9:45 AM
Steven Bradley, Capital is Not Enough: Microcredit and Innovation in Developing Economies: 10:00 - 11:15 AM
Break: 11:15 AM- 11:30 AM
John Papola, Animating Classical Liberalism: 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Lunch: 12:45 - 2:00 PM
John Papola, Emergent Order: The Big Idea2:00 - 3:15 PM
Break: 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Edward Stringham, The Entrepreneurial Provision of Governance3:30 - 4:45 PM
Break: 4:45 - 5:00 PM
Peter Boettke, Presumptions in Political Economy: Alternative Approaches for Assessing the Economic Role of the State: 5:00 - 6:15 PM
Closing Remarks: 6:15 - 6:30 PM
Dinner and Reception: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Shuttle to MCM Elegante Hotel: 8:30 - 9:00 PM


Register here! There is no cost to attend for current students, recent graduates, and faculty members. Tickets for community members not affiliated with any university are $150 each. All seminar materials and meals are provided.  Lodging for participants who travel from outside of Lubbock and register after Wednesday, February 18, 2015 may be provided, but cannot be guaranteed.

The registration deadline for this event is Friday, February 27, 2015. 

Please email with any questions.