Wednesday, October 8, 2008

November 2008 Meetings

In November, the Bastiat Society is offering two meetings.

In our first meeting on Monday, November 3rd, Professor Russ Sobel will discuss his book Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How to Fix It. This book on West Virginia economic policy reform has been the subject of over 200 speeches and media appearances (including presentations to the West Virginia Governor and Legislature) and the book was named winner of the 2008 Sir Anthony Fisher Award for best state policy publication of the year.

Russell S. Sobel is Professor of Economics and holder of the James Clark Coffman Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at West Virginia University. He has published over 150 books and articles on economic policy, including a nationally-best-selling collegiate Principles of Economics textbook. Dr. Sobel served as the founding Director of the WVU Entrepreneurship Center from 2002-2006. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News and World Report, and The Economist Magazine, as well as appearances on CNBC, Fox News, CSPAN, and the CBS Evening News. He has received numerous awards for both his teaching and research.

Dr. Sobel gives lectures and teaches economic principles at various seminars across the country each year, including an annual course in economics for U.S. Congressional Staff. He also serves on the advisory boards of five major professional and academic organizations, and as Senior Economist and Director of the Center for Economic Growth for the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University in 1994.

Date: Monday, November 3rd
Time: 5 pm reception, 6 pm presentation
Location: Imaging Arts Gallery, 175 King Street, Charleston, SC
RSVP: Diana Larson

In our second meeting for the month, on November 12th, Dr. Richard Ebeling returns to the Bastiat Society. Richard was formerly the President of the Foundation for Economic Education in May 2003.

Richard discovered the freedom philosophy as a teenager while attending Hollywood High in Los Angeles, when he came across The Freeman and the writings of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. He earned a B.A. in economics at California State University, Sacramento, an M.A. at Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. at Middlesex University in London, England.

A passionate advocate of free markets and constitutionally limited government, Richard has written, edited and contributed to over 30 books and published numerous articles. He lectures extensively in the United States and around the world and is a popular guest on radio and television talk shows.

He has not only written and lectured about the cause of liberty, but also lived it. In 1991, while consulting on market reform and privatization in the former Soviet Union, he joined the defenders of freedom and faced the Soviet tanks in Vilnius, Lithuania, and again in Moscow, Russia, during the attempted hard-line communist insurrection.

In 1996 he discovered the "lost papers" of Ludwig von Mises in a formerly secret KGB in Moscow and brought to America copies of virtually the entire collection of 10,000 pages. He is currently completing the editorial work of the papers, Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises, published by Liberty Fund.

Date:Wednesday, November 12th
Time: 5 pm reception, 6 pm program
Location: Imaging Arts Gallery, 175 King Street, Charleston,

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