New York City Symposium: Advancing Liberty, Creating Change

Oct 23, 2009Oct 24, 2009

Mercatus Center supporters and friends are invited to join us for Advancing Liberty, Creating Change, a City Symposium in New York, NY, co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies. This event is by invitation only.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Westin Times Square
270 West 43rd Street, New York, NY

Our keynote speaker will be John A. Allison, chairman, BB&T Corporation. Other speakers, including Tyler Cowen, Veronique de Rugy, and Maurice McTigue, will address topics such as:

    * Is there hope for reining in government spending?
    * What's it like inside the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal?
    * Freedom in the 50 states: Where does your state rank?

11:30 am-noon        Registration
12:00 pm-1:45 pm   Lunch featuring John A. Allison
2:00 pm-5:15 pm     Discussion of critical issues with Mercatus and IHS speakers
5:15 pm-6:00 pm     Reception

About our keynote speaker:

John A. Allison is chairman of BB&T Corporation, the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered in the U.S. Mr. Allison began his service with BB&T in 1971, became president in 1987, and was elected chairman and CEO in 1989. During his tenure as chairman and CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets.

A stalwart defender of liberty, Mr. Allison is committed to advancing the moral value of capitalism. As a demonstration of his commitment to those principles, soon after the landmark Kelo Supreme Court decision, Mr. Allison announced that BB&T would not do business with developers of land seized through eminent domain. Last fall, he also sent a letter to all members of Congress explaining his opposition to the government's bailout plan. Through his leadership, the BB&T Foundation has supported more than fifity university programs that advance a moral defense of capitalism.


There is a $50 charge per person for this event. Dress is business casual.  We encourage you to bring a friend or associate who might be interested in our work at the Mercatus Center.

 To RSVP for yourself and your guests, please contact Megan Mahan at 703-993-4967 or via email at If you did not receive an invite by mail and would like to attend, please contact Julie Burden at or by phone at 703-344-3219.

Once we receive your RSVP, we will send you a confirmation and additional information. If you need assistance with travel arrangements or hotel accommodations, please feel free to contact us. We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Westin Times Square for a discount rate of $289.00 per night and can assist you in making reservations prior to October 1, 2009.