Human Progress and Flourishing Workshop

Be part of an interdisciplinary conversation addressing the world's biggest challenges.

About the Workshop

Our workshop on Human Progress and Flourishing invites internationally-renowned scholars from universities across the country to present research and engage in discussion with the NDSU community. The series, formerly known as the IDEAS Research Workshop, focuses on solutions and policies that contribute to opportunity, innovation, and individual and societal flourishing. 

All are invited to attend these free presentations and participate in a lively discussion. Seminars will be held every other Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central. Attendees are encouraged to join us in-person in the Beckwith Recital Hall or virtually by registering on Zoom. Light food and refreshments will be provided after each seminar in the Challey School of Music Atrium. 

Students of any major, undergraduate or graduate, can register for the 1-credit course BUSN 491/690. To join the class, email Tayt Rinehardt at 

*You do not need to enroll in the course to attend the speaker presentations. Everyone is welcome. 

Spring 2022 Speakers

Ilana Redstone
The Uncertainty Principle: Why Building a Climate that Welcomes a Diversity of Perspectives Can Be So Difficult and How We Can Do It Anyway

Dr. Ilana Redstone is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the founder of Diverse Perspectives Consulting and the president of The Mill Center for the Advancement of Critical Thining. She received a joint Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. 


Kerianne Lawson
Transformation through Ownership: The Khaya Lam Project

Dr. Kerianne Lawson is an assistant professor of economics in the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise and a scholar of the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth at North Dakota State University. Her research areas include law and economics and measures of institutional quality. She also conducts research on the importance of economic freedom at the local, state, and national level, and how it relates to entrepreneurship and economic growth. She received her Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University.


Dennis Coates
Economic Freedom and the Russian Federation

Dr. Dennis Coates is a professor of economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research interests include public choice, public finance, and sports economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, where he studied under professor Mancur Olson. Mancur Olson is an alumnus of North Dakota State University who was an acclaimed social scientist and one of the founders of public choice economics and new instituational social science.


Kristen Monaco
Assessing the Impact of Autonomous Trucks on the Labor Market

Dr. Kristen Monaco is the Chief Economist of the Federal Maritime Commission. Prior positions in the federal government include Associate Commissioner for Compensation and Working Conditions and Senior Research Economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Before working in the federal government, Kristen was a professor of economics at California State University Long Beach. Her research focuses on issues of economic and statistical measurement and applied work on labor markets, particularly in transportation. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 


March 25  |  Daniel Bennett (Virtual)
Populist Discourse and Entrepreneurship: The Role of Political Ideology and Institutions

Dr. Daniel Bennett is an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at the Center for Free Enterprise at the University of Louisville. His research expertise is in economicc development and entrepreneurial ecosystems. He previously worked as a research professor at Baylor University in the Department of Entrepreneurship. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University. 


James Peoples
Transportation Technology's Contribution to Societal Welfare

Dr. James Peoples is a professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include transportation economics and labor economics. His current projects are focused on transportation costs and healthcare labor markets. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.


Abigail Devereaux
The Clarke's Law Gap: How Magical Innovation Outpaces Regulation

Dr. Abigail Deveraux is an assistant professor of economics and research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Economic Growth at Wichita State University. Her research interests include complexity economics, agent-based computational economics, growth theory, game theory, and the theory of technological innovation and entrepreneurial exit. Her applied research includes work on nudge theory and an analysis of China's Social Credit System. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. 




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