Williams' public lecture will be at 10 a.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The lecture is free to attend, and is hosted by the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy
"Dr. Walter Williams is simply a legend in the field of economics. His intellectual contributions, distributed through nationally syndicated news columns, radio, television and academic publications, continue to shape and refine economic thought. I have no doubt all in attendance will find his presentation entertaining, timely and thought provoking," said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business. "I hope students will take advantage of this special opportunity."
Williams, the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University since 1980, has authored 10 books, authored more than 150 publications in scholarly journals and has appeared on scores of radio and television programs. His weekly syndicated column appears in some 140 newspapers across the nation.
Dr. Williams serves as Emeritus Trustee at Grove City College and the Reason Foundation. He serves as Director for the Chase Foundation. He also serves on numerous advisory boards including: Cato Institute, Landmark Legal Foundation, Institute of Economic Affairs, and Heritage Foundation.
Dr. Williams has received numerous fellowships and awards including: the Fund for American Studies David Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, Foundation for Economic Education Adam Smith Award, Hoover Institution National Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor, Veterans of Foreign Wars U.S. News Media Award, Adam Smith Award, California State University Distinguished Alumnus Award, George Mason University Faculty Member of the Year, and Alpha Kappa Psi Award.
Dr. Williams has participated in numerous debates, conferences and lectures in the United States and abroad. He has frequently given expert testimony before Congressional committees on public policy issues ranging from labor policy to taxation and spending. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and the American Economic Association.