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October 18, 2023
4 - 5 pm
Benson Center suite (Kittredge Central, 2nd Floor)
Student Focused
Food and Drinks will be provided

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About the event

Join Scholar in Residence Eric Alston at 4 pm in the Benson Center suite (Kittredge Central, 2nd Floor) for a preview of the Jennifer Sey lecture with a discussion of the freedom of speech issues her experience with Levi Strauss & Co. presents. To what extent should employers be able to terminate someone for speech outside the conduct of their professional duties? Should there be any limitations on this ability? How can times of crisis be especially problematic for individual rights? This discussion will explore the tensions between liberties in terms of the freedom to contract and the extent to which this freedom should rightly curtail the exercise of any other individual liberty if one party to the contract demands it. 

About the speaker

Eric Alston is a Scholar in Residence in the Finance Division and the Faculty Director of the Hernando de Soto Capital Markets Program in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. He also serves as a Research Associate with the Comparative Constitutions Project. Alston received his MA in Economics from the University of Maryland and his JD from the University of Chicago. His research and teaching is centered in the fields of law and economics and institutional and organizational analysis, the conceptual and methodological toolkits of which he applies to questions in the development of rights along frontiers, the design and implementation of constitutions, and digital governance challenges with an emphasis on cryptocurrencies and blockchain networks. Alston’s publications include constitutional design studies, the emergence of economic institutions in the frontier US West, and a range of questions in the design and governance of blockchain networks. His current grant work involves a National Science Foundation project exploring the development of Colorado given land entry records and census data, and a Templeton World Charity Foundation project examining quantitative measures of digital currency market development and manipulation. Alston’s outreach and service activities include advising constitutional design projects, as well as providing a range of governance design expertise for digitally networked organizations, including one of the world’s first data trusts.