10 U of A Students to Be Selected for Free Friedman Colloquium in Vermont

University of Arkansas students once again are getting the opportunity to study the political and economic free-market principles advanced by Nobel economics laureate Milton Friedman at a retreat at his former home in Vermont. 

The colloquium will be held Aug. 12-15, 2019, and is free of charge for 10 students chosen to attend – including travel, meals and lodging. The colloquium is open exclusively to University of Arkansas students. Any U of A student is welcome to apply.

Students should email an essay of 500 words or less to Wes Kemp at wbkemp@uark.edu by Jan. 14, 2019, describing the reasons they wish to study Friedman’s ideas, the extent to which they’ve studied economics and political science, and how they expect to benefit from the colloquium. They should also include a resume and the names of two references with contact information. Selection will be based on the essays best providing the requested information in an articulate and persuasive manner, work history, supportive references and interviews with students selected for consideration.

The colloquium will be held at Capitaf, Friedman’s former Vermont summer home which has been converted into The Milton and Rose Friedman Center. 

“This is the third time that University of Arkansas students have been invited to participate in this kind of colloquium at Capitaf,” said Kemp, an executive in residence in the Sam M. Walton College of Business and retired president and chief executive officer of ABF Freight Systems.

The mission of the center is to advance human well-being through free market capitalism. The center is managed by the Free-to-Choose-Network under the direction of Bob Chitester, chairman of the organization.  Chitester will visit the U of A campus on Dec. 6.

Friedman is recognized as a champion for the free enterprise system and individual rights. In 1976, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economic sciences. In 1977, he retired from the University of Chicago and became a senior research fellow for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is widely known for his landmark 1980 PBS-TV series Free To Choose and his best-selling book by the same title.

For further details, contact Kemp at wbkemp@uark.edu.