Free Trade Debate

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Fluno Center Auditorium
@ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free Trade – How much and with whom?

At least since the unanticipated rise of Donald Trump’s anti-international trade rhetoric during the 2016 presidential election, Americans across the political spectrum have been reevaluating what it means for America to benefit from our globalized networks of exchange. For decades the consensus, from Ivy League economics departments to the halls of Washington, DC and from Reagan to Obama, was that commercial openness to the world would be a “rising tide” that “lifts all boats.” That consensus, however, has fallen into uncertainty and so the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, partnering with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, will be hosting a public debate where both sides can make their case. Moderated by National Review journalist Nate Hochman, the debate will have Julia Norgaard, Pepperdine University professor of Economics, and Jeff Ferry, Chief Economist of Coalition for a Prosperous America, each defending their arguments for and against free trade, respectively. The event will take place on November 9th, 2022 at the Fluno Center in Madison, WI, beginning with a cocktail reception, including light food at 5:30pm.

With special thanks to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) for partnering with CSLD to host this event. Please visit ISI’s website to register for the event: