Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Join us in person or online for a panel of state and international experts to discuss economic freedom in Michigan, the United States and around the world.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.

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Economic Freedom: Across the World and in the States
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Past Events

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Come join us in the biggest ever celebration of education options for Michigan families! We welcome students, parents, educators and guest supporters, as well as a variety of student-led displays to highlight the importance of educational options.

Monday, January 23, 2023

The public is invited to Northwood University for a presentation by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s director of public advocacy, as he explores the role of the government versus market forces in enabling free and responsible speech. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

This virtual workshop is designed to help participants of the 2023 Bauervic essay contest develop their essays. Experts will answer questions about the essay topic, point students to helpful resources and provide writing tips.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Using a case study of John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil, Lawrence W. Reed will illuminate the pros and cons of monopolies and free markets and draw conclusions for today. This event is sponsored by the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation and presented in conjunction with Northwood University.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Join us as we discuss reforms Michigan has made in the last decade as well as ideas for further progress.

Friday, August 26, 2022

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2022 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

In 2022, inflation and energy costs and how good of a job incumbent governor Gretchen Whitmer is doing are some of the most important issues people are thinking about. Join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy at the Island Resort and Casino near Escanaba to hear about these issues and more.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2022 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2022 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Michiganders were shocked to learn in 2020 that state law appeared to grant Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the power to issue unilateral and indefinite emergency orders. The scope of these powers was virtually limitless: they forced certain businesses to close, controlled who you could invite into your own home, prohibited the use of your own property, and restricted your right to exercise your religion freely, among many other dictates. While Gov. Whitmer’s use of emergency powers was unprecedented and eventually ruled unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan law contains many other grants of emergency power to the governor and other officials in the executive branch.