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BB&T Colloquium Series: 'From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government'
(Newport News, Va.) - The CNU BB&T Colloquium Series will host Dr. Randall Holcombe of Florida State University on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 11 a.m., in the David Student Union Ballroom. Holcombe will present a lecture titled "From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government." The talk is free and open to the public.
Holcombe will focus on the U.S. Constitution, which was designed to insulate those in government from democratic pressures. He will explore the notion that a typical American in 1776 would describe, in one word, the fundamental principle of American government, as 'liberty,' and that a modern-day American would use the word 'democracy.' He will also discuss "Jeffersonian" versus "Hamiltonian" ideas of government, and how those Hamiltonian ideas won out to lay the foundation for progressivism.
Holcombe is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He earned his PhD in economics from Virginia Tech, and taught at Texas A&M University and at Auburn University prior to joining Florida State in 1988. Holcombe is also a senior fellow at the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that specializes in issues facing state governments, and is the author of 12 books and more than 100 articles published in academic and professional journals. His books include The Economic Foundations of Government, Public Policy and the Quality of Life; From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government; and Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress. His primary areas of research are public finance and the economic analysis of public policy issues.
For more information regarding the lecture, please contact CNU Department of Economics Chair Dr. Michelle Vachris.
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