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Renowned author, filmmaker to speak at NDSU

The NDSU Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth is scheduled to host Johan Norberg for a public talk Thursday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Ag Country Auditorium at Richard H. Barry Hall.

Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker, with documentaries on globalization, economic development and free trade. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and a senior fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. For his trailblazing international work, he has received the Distinguished Sir Antony Fisher Award from the American Atlas Foundation and the Publishing Prize of the Friedrich-August-von-Hayek-Stiftung.

Norberg’s talk, “Why I am an Optimist. Why this is the golden era of human development, and why you don’t know it,” is part of the Challey Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

“I’m excited that Johan Norberg will be speaking in the Challey Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series,” said John Bitzan, director of the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth. “He is extremely knowledgeable about the role that economic freedom can play in enhancing economic opportunity, and he has a knack for explaining complex ideas in a way that is accessible to everyone.  His presentation will be of interest to a wide variety of people in the Fargo-Moorhead community.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Norberg is the author of several books, including “Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future,” named by the Economist as one of the best books of 2016; “Financial Fiasco: How America’s Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis”; and “In Defense of Global Capitalism,” published in more than 20 countries.

The Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth aims to advance understanding in the areas of innovation, trade, and institutions to identify policies and solutions that enhance economic growth and opportunity.

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