Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

This event will discuss the health and economic harms from Gov. Whitmer's executive orders and the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation's lawsuit against the governor. The event panel will feature Dr. Randal Baker, a general surgeon in Grand Rapids whose practice was largely shut down from the executive orders, and Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs at the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Join us at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

August 2020

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Past Events

Thursday, August 13, 2020

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In light of COVID-19, what do families need to know to make informed decisions about homeschooling, virtual schooling and other unconventional options? What will this disruption mean for Michigan’s K-12 education landscape? Join us at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, and featured speakers will be Leanne Van Beek, a practicing homeschooler and consultant, Deana Garcia, mother of a student at a virtual high school and Ben DeGrow, the Mackinac Center’s director of education policy.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Join us at 2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT. After opening remarks by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, experts Jason Hayes, director of Environmental Policy at the Mackinac Center, and Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, will discuss how the seven basic principles presented in their new publication can start legislators and regulators off on the right path by ensuring private property rights are protected and the productive and creative abilities of free markets are maximized.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Join us for this online event as we look into the recent failure of two mid-Michigan dams. What caused the failures, and how can we begin to repair the damage? Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, followed by featured speakers David Kepler, owner of TCP Investments, and Jason Hayes, director of the Mackinac Center's Environmental Policy Initiative.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Join us for this online event to hear opening remarks by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, followed by the Mackinac Center's Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs, and Michael Van Beek, director of research, who will discuss Gov. Whitmer's use of emergency powers, what Michigan law allows and the Center’s legal challenges to the governor’s overreach.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Join us May 27th at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT, as we host three energy and environmental policy experts to discuss what energy could (and should) look like in a pandemic and flood-weary country.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Join the Mackinac Center for a virtual town hall with two leading lawmakers representing two states making very different policy decisions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, May 18, 2020

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Join us for this online event as we hear leaders of both the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Mackinac Center discuss ways Michigan can reopen its economy, while maintaining public safety.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Join us for this online event as Robert Whaples, professor and chair of the department of economics at Wake Forest University and the managing editor of the Independent Review, discusses the classic Robert Higgs book "Crisis and Liviathan" in light of the COVID-19 crisis.