MTSU Political Economy Research Institute to host ...

MTSU Political Economy Research Institute to host series of public lectures this fall

MTSU’s Political Economy Research Institute will host a series of guest speakers for public lectures throughout the fall.

• The semester will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 2, with a public lecture on “The Continuing Relevance of F.A. Hayek” from Dr. Peter J. Boettke of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia.

Dr. Jay Cost

Dr. Jay Cost

Dr. Peter Boettke, PERI guest lecturer

Dr. Peter Boettke

Boettke will discuss his new book, “F. A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy,” at 12:40 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Business and Aerospace Building, Room S102. Boettke has authored 14 books, including “Living Economics” and “The Battle of Ideas.”

• PERI will then host Dr. Jay Cost of the American Enterprise Institute for a Thursday, Oct. 3, public lecture on the U.S. Constitution. Cost, a columnist at National Review Online, is the author of three books, including “A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption.”

He will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Room S102 of the Business and Aerospace Building.

• On Thursday, Oct. 31, MTSU alumnus Howard Henderson, director of the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University, will give a public lecture at 2:20 p.m. in Room 221 of the Ned McWherter Learning Resources Center.

Henderson will speak on his research on criminal justice reform. The MTSU Distinguished Lecture Fund is sponsoring his visit.

Dr. Benjamin Powell, PERI guest lecturer

Dr. Benjamin Powell

Dr. Howard Henderson, PERI guest lecturer

Dr. Howard Henderson

• The final event of the fall will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Room 221 of the Learning Resources Center. Dr. Benjamin Powell of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University will deliver a public lecture on “The Myths and Realities of Socialism” based on his new book, “Socialism Sucks.”

Powell’s research findings have been reported in more than 100 media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He also writes frequently for media outlets, including a regular op-ed column for The Huffington Post, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN, MSNBC, Showtime and CNBC. He was a regular guest commentator on Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch.

A searchable campus map is available at Off-campus visitors can obtain a special one-day permit at or from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at 1403 E. Main St.

Established in late 2016, the Political Economy Research Institute is a joint venture between the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the University Honors College, established with seed money from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The institute works to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in research to further the understanding of business and economic principles as well as their impact on regional, national and international financial conditions and the well-being of society.

To learn more about the PERI or these upcoming events, please visit