Political analyst and journalist Michael Barone will give the BB&T Distinguished Lecture, "The Prospects for Capitalism and Freedom in 2016 and Beyond," at 3:30 p.m. March 31 in the Assembly Hall of the Holtzman Alumni Center at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

The talk, hosted by the Pamplin College of Business and part of its BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series on Capitalism, is free and open to the public, no tickets required. 

Barone studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections. The principal coauthor of the annual Almanac of American Politics, he has written many books on American politics and history.

Barone has been a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner since 2009 and a contributor to the Fox News Channel since 2001.

He was previously a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report and a senior staff editor at Reader's Digest. He was a member of the Washington Post’s editorial board.

Barone received a bachelor of arts from Harvard University and a bachelor of laws from Yale Law School.

The BB&T lecture series is part of a Pamplin College teaching program to explore the foundations of capitalism and freedom. The program’s courses, undergraduate and graduate, examine alternative economic systems, including socialism and communism, and compare them with the economic solutions offered by free markets. For more information, please contact finance professor and program director Douglas Patterson.

The program was established in 2007 in the college’s finance department with a $1 million gift from BB&T Charitable Foundation.

Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.



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