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Oft-requested speaker coming to OU

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 2/25/2013

Senior economist Barry Asmus is expected to give three presentations as the annual Norwood Jones Convocation Speaker March 6-7 at Ottawa University.

Asmus, senior economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, is one of the five most requested speakers in the United States, according to USA Today. The topics and times of his three presentations at OU are:

Senior economist Barry Asmus is expected to give three presentations as the annual Norwood Jones Convocation Speaker March 6-7 at Ottawa University.

Asmus, senior economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, is one of the five most requested speakers in the United States, according to USA Today. The topics and times of his three presentations at OU are:

• “Flourishing in a Global, Exponential World” — 7:30 p.m. March 6, Larry Peters Auditorium, Administration Building, 1001 S. Cedar St. Reception to follow.

• “Kingdom of Paradox” — 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 7, Mowbray Student Union, 1001 College Lane.

• “Spiritual Capital” — 11 a.m. March 7, Fredrikson Chapel, 1011 S. Cedar St.

During the past 25 years, Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States, according to an OU news release. He has testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee regarding the U.S. income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Asmus encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low-tax, protected-property rights and free-trade policies, the release said.

 He is the author of nine books, including “Crossroads: The Great American Experiment,” which was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. As a professor of economics, Asmus was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education, the release said. He also co-anchored a syndicated radio show called “Perspectives on the Economy.”

OU officials said Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas in an enthusiastic and energy-filled presentation. As a man of faith, Asmus delivers presentations on economic policy from a spiritual perspective when requested, the news release said.

To register for the event, go to www.ottawa.edu/norwoodjones       

Asmus’s lectures are made possible through the Norwood L. Jones Convocation Fund established in 1973 by Mr. and Mrs. Norwood L. Jones, Carolyn Jones Fletcher and Anne J. Mills. The fund enables Ottawa University to invite distinguished individuals to campus to stimulate and inspire students in their religious life and involvements, the release said.

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