College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Public Choice Seminar

All Roads Lead to Open Borders: The Ethics and Social Science of Immigration

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Carow Hall, Lecture Room

Come join the Center for Study of Public Choice for lunch, a presentation, and a discussion at Public Choice Seminar Series featuring:

Bryan Caplan, George Mason University, on:

All Roads Lead to Open Borders: The Ethics and Social Science of Immigration

(Co-authored with Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

Light Lunch:  11:45

Seminar:  12:00 noon - 1:15 PM

Wednesday, November 15th

Carow Hall

Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics and George Mason University, is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter (Princeton University Press), Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids (Basic Books), and The Case Against Education (Princeton University Press), as well as articles in the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, PS, and Intelligence.  His co-author, Zach Weinersmith, is the creator of popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (, author of Save Yourself, Mammal! and Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543, and co-author (with Kelly Weinersmith) of the New York Times Bestseller Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything.

All Roads Lead to Open Borders is a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy, economics, sociology, politics, and politics of immigration.  Written and pre-visualized by Caplan, and illustrated with additional writing by Weinersmith, the book presents the principled and pragmatic case for free migration.  It then explores the leading economic, fiscal, cultural, and political objections to this radical policy reform.  Caplan’s talk provides an introduction to the graphic novel genre, outline of the project, and presentation of the book’s central arguments. Along the way, you’ll see sample pages – featuring Weinersmith’s original artwork.

The seminar series schedule and paper can be found here.

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