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Politics, Liberty and Political Economy Lecture Series Announced

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The Department of History and Political Science has announced it will be hosting a guest lecture series on “Politics, Liberty and Political Economy.”

The keynote speaker who will kick off the lecture series is James “Skip” Rutherford, the William J. Clinton Professor and dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He will deliver “Stories of Arkansas Politics” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in Rothwell Room 321.

On Monday, Dec. 5, Dr. Donald Boudreaux, professor and past-chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University, will be the second guest lecturer. His lecture, “What Has Economic Freedom Done to America’s Middle-Class?”  is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Doc Bryan Room 242.

Prior to joining the Clinton School, Rutherford served as Executive Vice President of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW), one of the region’s largest communications firms.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of the William J. Clinton Foundation from 1997-2006, and remains a Clinton Foundation board member.

Rutherford’s lecture traces the evolution of Arkansas politics from its humble beginnings as a state through the election of an Arkansan as the president of the United States.

Dr. Boudreaux is a past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (1997-2001) and is a blogger at the popular blog, Café Hayek.  In his lecture, he will address the theoretical underpinnings of economic freedom and address the empirical evidence on income inequality and the economic status of middle-class citizens.

At the end of each lecture, the speakers will entertain a question and answer session.

Admission to the lectures is free to anyone who would like to attend.

For more information about the lectures, email Dr. Donald Gooch at