From August 3-9 The Foundation for Economic Education will host the annual Austrian Economics Seminar. This seminar was initiated by Israel Kirzner over 30 years ago and is intended to provide an educational opportunity to advanced students who otherwise would not get the opportunity during their regular studies to study Austrian economics in depth. Over the years the seminar has been sponsored by IHS and FEE, operated for a period independently at NYU, and then moved back to FEE. FEE in my opinion is an ideal setting for the seminar, and I get a great thrill returning to the FEE campus every year for this seminar.
FEE has also officially announced that Lawrence Reed will take over as President on September 1, 2008. Congratulations to Larry and also to the FEE Board of Trustees on this selection. Larry built the Mackinac Center in Michigan after stepping down as Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the Northwood University. Larry was able to build the Mackinac Center into the ideal model for state-based think tanks for market oriented policy. Larry is a tireless champion of classical liberalism, his early scholarship was in the field of economic and monetary history, his early activism was in fighting communism as an underground educator behind the Iron Curtain and fighting the public education establishment and the teacher's union in what is perhaps the most unionized state (Michigan), his commentaries and op-eds are penetrating and insightful, and his teaching style in the classroom and in public lectures is clear and convincing. A great choice to lead this grand old institution of economic education.
Good luck Larry!!!