Join FEE in sunny Orange, CA at the campus of Chapman University for our first ever southern California Freedom Academy – Living Free. 
Local leaders and students will gather on Saturday, September 21, 2013 on the Campus of Chapman University to discuss the basic principles of what it means to live free.
Confirmed speakers include Lawrence W. Reed, Jeff Tucker, Jim Doti, Emily Ekins (the director of polling for the Reason Foundation), Max Borders, and Vernon Smith.
For sponsorship opportunities, please view our Sponsorship Information Packet.
If you want to invite friends, here is a registration form to send them.
If you are in need of hotel accommodations, more information will be made available on this page in the near future.
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Saturday, September 21, 2013
8:00a: Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30a: Welcome by FEE President Lawrence Reed
8:45a: Welcome by Chapman U. President James Doti
9:00a: "A Wonderful Future" by Jeffrey Tucker
10:00a: Break
10:15a: "Liberty and Character" by Lawrence Reed
11:15a: "Superwealth" by Max Borders
12:15p: Video, then Lunch
1:15p: "Revisiting Adam Smith" by Dr. Vernon Smith
2:00p: "Seven Principles" by Lawrence W. Reed
3:00p: Break
3:15p: "Freedom's Chances & the Polls" by Reason's Emily Ekins
4:15p: Closing Remarks and Video by Lawrence W. Reed
4:45p: Adjourn
Read more about the speakers:

Max Borders


Max Borders is editor of The Freeman magazine and director of content for The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He is also author of Superwealth: Why we should stop worrying about the gap between rich and poor. A writer and innovator with a decade of experience in the non-profit world, Max works daily towards a condition of peace, freedom and abundance for all people.

James L. Doti


James, L. Doti, PhD has been president of Chapman University since 1991. In that time Chapman has added new buildings (including the award-winning Fish Interfaith Center), world-class faculty and earned a reputation as one of California’s preeminent private universities.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Chicago. His articles have appeared in academic journals as well as periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the co-author of two econometrics texts and co-editor of a collection of readings in free enterprise that received the Templeton Honor Award for Scholarly Excellence.
A champion of the liberal arts and sciences, President Doti is the founder of the Chapman University A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, holds the Donald Bren Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics and is an avid reader and cinephile. He is also a children’s book author, mountain climber, marathon runner and passionate Panther.

Emily Ekins


Emily Ekins is the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she leads the Reason-Rupe public opinion research project, launched in 2011. Emily is working on her PhD thesis in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, including public opinion, the Tea Party movement, survey methodology, and political economy. In particular, Emily studies how individuals' expectations of their own economic future shape their political behavior and attitudes toward government. Emily's professional experience includes quantitative analyses of the Tea Party movement for the Cato Institute, and survey analyses and case writing for Dr. Peter Tufano at the Harvard Business School.

She has discussed her research on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and her research has appeared in The Washington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times.

Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. ReedLawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being “A Republic—If We Can Keep It” and “Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty.” He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years—in virtually every state and dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression”—both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the “Champion of Freedom” award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the “Distinguished Alumni” award from Grove City College.

He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.


Vernon L. Smith

Dr. Vernon L. Smith was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics. He has joint appointments with the Argyros School of Business & Economics and the School of Law and is part of a team that runs the new Economic Science Institute at Chapman. He is the President and founder of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics since 1997.

Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored more than 280 articles and books on capital theory, finance, natural resource economics and experimental economics. He serves or has served on the board of editors of the American Economic Review, The Cato Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Science, Economic Theory, Economic Design, Games and Economic Behavior, and the Journal of Economic Methodology.

Dr. Smith is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association, an Andersen Consulting Professor of the Year, and the 1995 Adam Smith Award recipient conferred by the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and received CalTech's distinguished alumni award in 1996. He has served as a consultant on the privatization of electric power in Australia and New Zealand and participated in numerous private and public discussions of energy deregulation in the United States. In 1997 he served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Member, National Electric Reliability Council.

Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, his master's degree in economics at the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.


Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker serves as distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, and research fellow of the Acton Institute. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant to the popular podcast Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for Crisis Magazine.
He is author of Bourbon for Breakfast, It’s a Jetson’s World, and A Beautiful Anarchy, and thousands of articles. Following his 15 years as editor and builder of the website, he now curates and writes editorial introductions to the product offerings for the Laissez Faire Club, and is also working on a new commercial venture to be announced later this year.

Ticket Prices:

Students – Free
General - $50.00
VIP Ticket (Includes Reception in Newport Beach): $100.00


For registration questions and sponsorship opportunities, contact Ellen Hughes at or 512-476-4403.

For those needing overnight hotel accommodations, more details will be added soon.






Chapman University Beckman Hall Room 404 One University Dr. Orange, CA 92866 For specific location on the campus, see the University Map.

Start : September 21, 2013 - 8:00 AM
End : September 21, 2013 - 8:00 PM