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What Has Government Done to Our Money? A Seminar for High-School Students (Sponsored by an Anonymous Donor)

November 9

Auburn, Alabama (and Online)

"What Has Government Done to Our Money?"

A seminar for high-school students hosted at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. Attendance is open to homeschooled, public, or private high-school students and their chaperones or teachers.  There is no fee for on-site attendance, but pre-registration is required using the form at the end of this page.  For others who are interested in participating in this event, online attendance is available through Mises Academy. For more information about attending the seminar online, please click here.

In this seminar, students will explore the fascinating phenomenon of money.  What is money?  How did it come about?  What is its function?  Should the government be involved with it, or should it be left to the market?  Mises Institute scholars will answer all these questions, using clear explanations and helpful examples.  They will also discuss the modern history of money in American and Europe.  Topics covered will also include commodity money (gold, silver, etc), paper money, banking, inflation, central banking, "Gresham's Law", the gold standard, the history of the Federal Reserve, and more.
The economic crisis we are in is due largely to unsound money, which in turn is due to an unsound understanding of money among the public.  But thankfully, money and monetary policy has become one of the hottest topics among public-minded young people.  This means there is hope for the future.  Students who attend this seminar, either in person or online, will be off to a great start in their monetary studies.  It can set them on the path toward becoming an advocate of sound money, as well as becoming informed enough to make future financial decisions that wisely take into account the government's monetary meddling.


Dr. Mark Thornton, Auburn University and the Mises Institute
Dr. GP Manish, Troy University
Daniel Sanchez, Editor, Mises.org & Director of Mises Institute Online Learning
Matthew McCaffrey, University of Angers, France
Schedule (Central Time)
8:30 a.m.  Registration and Coffee, Bookstore Open
8:50 a.m.  Welcome, Mark Thornton
9:00 a.m.  GP Manish "Where Did Money Come From?"
9:30 a.m.  Daniel Sanchez "When Money Dies"
10:00 a.m. Break, Bookstore Open
10:15 a.m. Matthew McCaffrey "Money and Socialism"
10:45 a.m. Mark Thornton "How Money Caused the Housing Bubble and Other Troubles"
11:15 a.m. Q&A Faculty Panel
11:45 a.m.  Adjourn

Suggested Readings
What Has Government Done to Our Money?
The Housing Bubble in 4 Easy Steps (be sure to take the roller coaster ride at the end!)
Housing: Too Good to Be True
The Mises Bookstore will be open throughout the day, with student discounts.

Driving directions to the Mises Institute.
To register for the November 9 high-school seminar please use the form below.  Or contact Kristy Holmes at 334-321-2101 or email her.  

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