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Conversations for Freedom

July 31, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Picture1A Conservative and Libertarian Panel Discussion on Alabama Education and Economy. Desserts and Coffee to be served.

Alabama Policy Institute and the The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is proud to host a panel event in honor of the late Milton Friedman in order to foster collaborative discourse on the topics of the economy of Alabama, the state of education in Alabama, and the current state of the government regulatory environment. This event is designed to continue efforts to establish camaraderie between conservatives and libertarians in Alabama, and to generate possibilities for action and policy reforms.




Dr. Art Carden

Art Carden is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics,  a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.  He regularly contributes to Forbes.com and the Washington Examiner, and has had commentaries published in USNews.com, ForeignPolicy.com, and The Birmingham News.


Dr. Chris McCaghren

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Christopher McCaghren is an Assistant to the President for External Programs at Samford University. He served as Special Assistant to the United States Congressman Spencer Bachus. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. He received his Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School, and a Bachelor in Communication Studies and Classics from Samford University.


Cameron Smith

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Cameron Smith is the Vice President and General Council of the Alabama Policy Institute. He joined API after working for several years in Washington, D.C., as Counsel in both the House and Senate with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), U.S. Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL),  U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis (R-KY), working heavily on the REINS Act, introduced in the 112th Congress.


Dr. Daniel J. Smith

Daniel Smith is an Assistant Professor at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University, and the Book Review Editor for the Review of Austrian Economics. He received his Ph.D in Economics from George Mason University in 2011. His research primarily focuses on studying the institutions that emerge to foster economic and social cooperation between socially distant or even hostile groups. His dissertation work explored the institutions that emerged to facilitate trade between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in medieval Spain.


Dr. Daniel Sutter

Daniel Sutter is the Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics with the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. He is a senior affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  His research has spanned areas of public choice, constitutional economics, Austrian economics, constraint of government officials, the transition from authoritarian rule, liberal bias in the news media and the academy, automobile safety regulations, and the societal impacts of extreme weather.


July 31, 2013
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Jessica Jones