TROY - The president of one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States will speak to Troy University students and the public in a special lecture on free trade and globalization on Jan. 19, sponsored by the Johnson Center for Political Economy.
Lawrence Reed, who became president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in 2008, will lecture at 6 p.m. in Bibb Graves Hall room 129. The engagement is free to attend.
A former economics professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977-1984, Dr. Reed was founder and president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich. for 20 years.
He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Grove City College and a master's degree in history from Slippery Rock State University, and holds honorary doctorates in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and Laws from Northwood University. He has authored more than 1,000 newspapers columns and articles, and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U.S. and abroad. His stories have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, among others.
Dr. Reed has authored or co-authored five books, most recently "A Republic – If We Can Keep It" and "Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty." His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 78 countries on six continents.
He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world.
A native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, Dr. Reed now resides in Newnan, Ga.