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About Our Events
Free and open to the public, our events aim to allow students, faculty, and the community to explore all points of view on issues of the day. Our goal is to offer a forum for the campus and community to hear from renowned experts from a variety of fields, and understand multiple perspectives through civil, informed, and fruitful discourse.
University Distinguished Speaker Series
Co-sponsored with Western Carolina University’s Division of Academic Affairs and the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, the Distinguished Lecture Series brings high-profile speakers to engage the campus and community in dialogue on national issues.
Each event will bring perspectives from leading figures in education, arts and music, politics, business and economics. The intent is to give students, faculty, staff and community members direct access to the voices that are shaping the nation, said Acting Provost Carol Burton.
Other scheduled speakers are:
- Loretta Lynch, former U.S. attorney general.
- Ken Langone, billionaire businessman, philanthropist and co-founder of Home Depot.
- Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chair and former Maryland lieutenant governor.
- Cristina Henríquez, author of “The Book of Unknown Americans.”
The Free Enterprise Speaker Series
Held three times per semester, WCU’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series gives WCU students direct access to leading thinkers on the importance of liberty and entrepreneurship to human flourishing. The Series is free and open to the public and is publicized through WCU and regional media.
Our speakers for Fall 2018 are as follows:
- Siri Terjesen on September 10, 2018
- Loren Lomasky on October 25, 2018
- Craig Richardson on November 7, 2018
Dr. Siri Terjesen kicked off our Fall 2018 Free Enterprise Speaker Series by leading an in-depth discussion on “Social Entrepreneurship Without Borders.” This wonderful and enthralling presentation addressed how the acts of entrepreneurs can radically help reshape new...
Join us for the next installment of Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Free Enterprise. Two guest speakers, Amity Shlaes and Roy Cordato will look at the fairness of federal tax reform from 5:00- 6:15 p.m. Monday,...
Donald J. Boudreaux is a Senior Fellow with the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Mercatus Center Board Member, and a professor of economics and former...