Speaker Series

Spring 2019

Rachel Ferguson – Black Liberation in the Marketplace
Friday, March 8, 12:30 p.m., Room 106 in Bear Hall

Dr. Rachel Ferguson will speak about the lasting harms caused by US government’s exclusion of blacks from secure property rights, freedom of employment contracts, and asset acquisition. She will also discuss how building a personal brand is not just about finding what you have to offer but also your ability to appreciate other’s brands and roles that may be very different from yours.

Boxed lunch provided with advance registration here. Registration Deadline: March 6, 2019

*Part of the Biz@Bear Hall Personal Brand Challenge – https://uca.edu/acre/bizbrand/

Art Carden – Free the Prices: How Public Policies Hurt The People They’re Supposed to Help
Tuesday, March 12th, x-period, 1:40-2:30, Room 100 in the College of Business
Dr. Art Carden will speak on how supply and demand analysis can help us see how different public policies have negative unintended consequences. In particular, price ceilings and price floors, restrictions on immigration, tariffs, regulations, and all sorts of other public policies often end up hurting some of the people they are trying to help.

*Part of the Biz@Bear Hall Personal Brand Challenge


Fall 2018

Nate Jensen – The Politics of State and Local Economic Development
November 13, 2018 – College of Business Auditorium – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Nathan Jensen is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas-Austin. He teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies and business-government relations, among other things. He is the author of a book Incentives to Pander: How Politicians Use Corporate Welfare for Political Gain, which explains the political incentives for economic subsidies.

Olivia Gonzalez – Arkansas’s Fiscal Health and Ranking
November 29, 2018 – College of Business Auditorium – 1:40 – 2:30 p.m.

Olivia Gonzalez is the co-author of a report titled “Ranking of the States by Fiscal Condition.” This report measures how well each state can meet short-range and long-range spending expectations. She is a research associate at Mercatus and her research focuses on public finance issues and economic development, among other things. Gonzalez has authored numerous policy briefs on state and local policy, and her work has been cited in various media outlets, including US News & World Report, the Tribune News Service, Real Clear Policy, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.


To see our past speakers, you can view our speaker series archive here.