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  • Professor Roberts lecturing

    10th Annual Fall Symposium: Is Free Trade a Mistake?

    Professor Russ Roberts, of Stanford’s Hoover Institution, addressed students and the community at a public lecture as part of the Academy’s Tenth Annual Fall Symposium. His talk shed light on the many, often confusing, aspects of international trade that we frequently hear debated in the media.

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  • Fall 2016 Newsletter

    Fall 2016 Academy Newsletter

    Read how your support helped the Academy reach more students than ever! The latest issue of Academy Update features the Tenth Annual Academy Fall Symposium, an alumni profile, and an essay from a historian of the American Founding. Click on the link below to read the online version, or e-mail the Academy and request your printed copy.

    Fall 2016 Academy Newsletter PDF file

  • Professor Powell lecturing

    2nd Annual Hathorne Lecture: The Economics of Sweatshops

    Over 700 students packed Illini Union at UIUC for the Second Annual Hathorne Lecture on February 22, 2016. The lecture was delivered by Professor Ben Powell, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. Powell is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of the “sweatshop” and the lessons that can be drawn from them about how economic freedom and trade lead to greater economic development and opportunity. Powell’s presentation drew rave reviews from students as over 100 stayed after the lecture to talk to the professor and get copies of his book. A big thank you to all of the Academy's supporters who made this terrific event possible!

  • Professor Caplan talking to students

    Ninth Annual Fall Symposium

    Over 700 students packed Illini Union Rooms at UIUC to hear the Economics of Immigration. On October 8, 2015, Professor Bryan Caplan (pictured left, speaking with students after the lecture) presented his research on the economic effects of immigration. He then took several questions from students, who asked about the effect of immigration on jobs, the environment, innovation, and culture. Click on the links below to watch Professor Caplan's presentation or to read his recent article on immigration at A big thank you to all of the Academy's supporters who made this terrific event possible!

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    View Professor Caplan's presentation.Video file

    View Q&A with Professor Caplan.Video file

  • Professor Josh Hall lecturing

    The Benefits of Economic Freedom

    Who doesn’t want a better world? Professor Joshua Hall's presented "The Benefits of Economic Freedom" to nearly 200 students on April 28, 2015. Professor Hall shared his widely-cited research showing dramatic improvements in standard of living and quality of life for those in countries with more Economic Freedom. Several students asked questions, giving them a chance to engage in the topic even more. Click on the links below to see highlights or watch the entire presentation.

    Recap of Professor Josh Hall's lecture.Video file

    Watch Professor Hall's full presentation here.Video file

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