New Students for Liberty Chapter to Host Lecture on ‘The Importance of Economic Freedom’


MACON – Mercer University’s newly-formed chapter of Students for Liberty will host its first major event, a lecture by Dr. Antonio Saravia on “The Importance of Economic Freedom,” Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Medical School Auditorium.

“Innovation in the modern world is affixed to economic freedom. The freer individuals are in their economic affairs, the more prosperous they are. Dr. Saravia’s lecture is a must-see for anyone wanting to explore this theme,” said Christian Watson, senior campus coordinator and founder of Mercer’s chapter of Students For Liberty.

Dr. Saravia is associate professor of economics and director of the BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism in Mercer’s School of Business and Economics.

His research focuses on the areas of institutional economics, political economy and the foundations of capitalism and economic freedom.

Dr. Saravia earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in economics from Arizona State University, M.A. in economics and public policy from Georgetown University and B.S. in economics from the Bolivian Catholic University.

Additionally, on Nov. 14, Students For Liberty will host a debate on the topic of abortion, titled “Bridging the Divide,” at 7 p.m. in Willingham Hall.

“Intellectual complacency – as in, blindly following a certain idea – infects all of us daily. Discussions like this help break that chain and allow us to grow in understanding of each other and the world,” said Watson.

Billed as the largest libertarian student organization in the world, Students For Liberty is a rapidly growing global network of pro-liberty students. Its mission is to educate, develop and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. For more information, visit