Capitalism and Society Lecture Series

Bringing engaging ideas to our campus and community.


The Capitalism and Society lecture series invites dialogue between researchers, students and the community to engage with emerging ideas.

These events are free and open to the public. Each lecture contains a presentation by a visiting speaker and a brief Q&A. Pizza and refreshments are served following the event. 

When possible, each lecture is recorded and shared on our website and YouTube channel. Videos are uploaded within one week of the event and can be accessed here

Doing Bad by Doing Good
 April 20   |     AgCountry Auditorium      |     4:30 p.m. 

Using the tools of economics, Dr. Christopher Coyne's book, Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails, shifts the discussion from the moral imperative of how governments should behave to a positive analysis of how they actually do. In this talk, Coyne will examine the limits of short-term humanitarian aid and long-term development assistance, the disconnect between intentions and reality, and why economic freedom—protection of property rights, private means of production, and free trade of labor and goods—provides the best means for minimizing human suffering.

Speaker Spotlight

Christopher Coyne is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He is the Co-Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics and The Independent Review, and he is the Book Review Editor for Public Choice. Coyne is the author or co-author of Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism (2018), Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails (2013), Media, Development and Institutional Change (2009), and After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2007). In addition, Coyne is the co-editor of six books and the author of numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy studies. You can read more about Coyne and his work on his website



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