Dr. Benjamin Powell to open 2011-2012 Distinguished Speaker Series

Release Date: 8/30/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- The 2011-2012 SIFE and PBL Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Dr. Benjamin Powell at its opening event, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, September 12, in the university's Baldor Auditorium.

Dr. Benjamin Powell

Dr. Benjamin Powell will speak at the opening event for the 2011-2012 SIFE and PBL Distinguished Speaker Series.

Dr. Powell is the editor of Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development (Stanford University Press: 2008) and co-editor of Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (Transaction: 2009). He is author of more than 50 scholarly articles and policy studies.

His research findings, which focus on economic development, Austrian economics, and public choice, have been reported in more than 100 popular press outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He also writes frequently for the popular press, appearing in the Investor's Business Daily, the Financial Times (London), the Christian Science Monitor, and many regional outlets. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including, CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, CNBC, and he is a regular guest commentator on Fox Business's Freedom Watch.

Dr. Powell is associate professor of economics at Suffolk University, the President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a senior economist with the Beacon Hill Institute, and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. He earned his B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

The SIFE and PBL Distinguished Speaker Series brings outstanding business leaders to the Ozarks campus to share business information and comments. In the past, speakers have addressed topics related to business ethics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, success skills, and/or market economics. Recent speakers have included Mr. Jeff Hankins (Arkansas Business Publishing Group), Mrs. Becky Jones (Hibbett Sports, Inc.) and Mr. John Meyer (ACXIOM).

The event is free and open to the public.