Oct. 11, 2023

Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series scheduled

John Bitzan

John Bitzan

The Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series is thrilled to host economists Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell for an enlightening discussion on their book “Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World.” The event is slated for Oct. 17, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Louise Auditorium in Barry Hall. A reception will follow in the Mezzanine.

This enriching speaker series, brought to life through the generous contribution of the Menard family, continues to foster a culture of intellectual curiosity within the Fargo community by hosting thought leaders at North Dakota State University.

John Bitzan, director of the Challey Institute, remarked, "Given the current widespread misunderstanding of socialism and its implications, there couldn't be a better time to hear from Bob Lawson and Ben Powell. Attendees will be treated to an entertaining and insightful journey as Bob and Ben share their economic knowledge and experiences from their visits to socialist and semi-socialist countries.”

The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of “Socialism Sucks,” so please arrive early to ensure you get your copy.

A live stream option is available for those unable to attend in person. Interested individuals can register for the online event at: https://ndsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1EXlufTXQmmg_KrJorboCQ#/registration.

Following the discussion, attendees are invited to the reception, where they can further engage with the ideas shared while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

The Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series aims to host world thought leaders to share ideas on big questions, exploring ways to improve the human condition and create economic opportunity. Through the benevolent gift from the Menard family, the series has become a cornerstone for intellectual engagement and discourse within the community.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews with the speakers, please contact Allison Fulton at allison.fulton@ndsu.edu.

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