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The Birth and Death of the Fed

February 26-27 2010

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Conference attendees may download photos with Congressman Ron Paul here.  

The Federal Reserve has had long enough to demonstrate its use to the American economy. The latest economic crisis alone is enough to discredit its claims as the great stabilizer. There is the long history of devastating inflation, the government spending it funds, the wars and welfare that are made possible by its printing presses, and also the conflicts of interest and corruptions it introduces into public life. We can do without the central bank. We don't need the Fed. Our money and our future would be more assured without it. 

In this conference, the Mises Institute returns to the founding home of the Fed, cobbled together in secret at the Jekyll Island Resort in Georgia, under the guise of a "duck hunting expedition."

This conference will honor the publication of Ron Paul's outstanding book, End the Fed, as well as his role in bringing attention to the issue of the Fed in public life. We'll explore the history and examine options and alternatives for the future.

We'll even enjoy a fantastic oyster roast on the Georgia coast!

Attendance is limited.  Register early!

NOTE:  The optional Jekyll Island Tours are on open-sided trams.  Bring raingear and warm jacket. 

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, February 26
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from front of Jekyll Island Club Hotel and from Hampton Inn going to Convention Center

Atlantic Lobby of Jekyll Island Convention Center, One Beachview Drive
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Registration and coffee, Bookstore Open

Beachside Hall of Convention Center
9:00 a.m.  Welcome
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.   Robert Murphy  "Only the Austrians Can Explain Depressions"
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.  Christopher Westley "Why the Fed Got Birthed"
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Discussion and refreshments
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Peter G. Klein "Did Keynesian Economics Win the Battle of Ideas?"
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Douglas E. French "Failure and Prosperity"
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.  Discussion and refreshments
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. "Parallel Lives: Liberty or Power?"
12:30 p.m.  Adjourn (Lunch on your own unless participating in tours or golf)
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.  Shuttles from Convention Center to Jekyll Island Club Hotel and to Hampton Inn
12:45  golfers meet at Crane Cottage, tee time is 1:04
1:30 p.m.  Meet at Crane Cottage for optional tour of historic Jekyll Island and Museum (lunch included).  Meet at bellstand in front of hotel for 1:30 motorcoach departure for tour of St. Simon's Island and shopping (lunch included).
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Book Signing Reception in honor of Ron Paul, Crane Cottage, Sponsored by Jeremy S. Davis
Dinner on your own.

Saturday, February 27
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from Jekyll Island Club Hotel and Hampton Inn to Convention Center

Meeting Room Nine, Convention Center
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Coffee, Bookstore Open

Beachside Hall, Convention Center
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.    Joseph Salerno "The Macroeconomics of the Fed: Mainstream and Austrian"
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Mark Thornton "What Were They Saying in July 2007?
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Discussion and refreshments
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.  George Selgin "The Fed's Dismal Record"
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.  Gary North "Heckle and Jekyll: How Murray Rothbard Got the Fed's Story Right"
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.   Thomas Woods "The Source and Workings of the Latest Crisis"

Hartley Auditorium, Convention Center
noon - 1:30 p.m.      James M. Wolfe Luncheon in Honor of Ron Paul
                                          Ron Paul  "My Battle Against the Fed"
1:30 p.m.    Adjourn
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.  Shuttles to Jekyll Island Club Hotel and Hampton Inn
2:00 p.m.    Meet at Crane Cottage for optional tour of historic Jekyll Island and Museum (refreshments included)
5:30 p.m.    Buses begin departure for beach from Jekyll Island Club Hotel and from Hampton Inn.
6:00 p.m.    Reception at Jekyll Island Beach Deck
7:00 p.m.    Oyster Roast
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.    Shuttles to Jekyll Island Club Hotel and Hampton Inn
9:30 p.m. - midnight   Optional Late Night Rothbard Reception at Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Club Ballroom

James W. Fogal CFP®, Director of Development for the Institute, is available during breaks and after adjournment to discuss charitable/tax saving strategies.

Registration fee is $390 per person for Mises Institute Members ($480 for Non-Members) and $585 per couple for Members ($670 per couple for Non-Members). Registration includes all sessions, refreshment breaks, Ron Paul Book Signing Reception Friday evening, James M. Wolfe Luncheon in honor of Ron Paul on Saturday, and a Morgan-Rockefeller Oyster Roast on the beach Saturday evening followed by a lively Rothbard Late Night Reception. (Call 800-636-4737 to check the status of your Membership to qualify for Member prices.)

Plus, we'll enjoy relaxed time with the speakers at the optional events on Friday and Saturday including a guided tour of historic Jekyll Island and Fed related sites, a guided tour and shopping in the charming St. Simon's Island Village, and a glorious round of golf.  

For accommodations at the stunning Jekyll Island Club Hotel, call 800-535-9547 or 912-635-2600 or email  before January 26 and mention the Mises Institute for a special rate of $129 per night plus tax and fee.  Or contact the new Hampton Inn and Suites at 912-635-3733 before February 12 and mention the Mises Institute for a special rate of $119 standard or $139 suite per night, plus tax, based on availability.  The Club Hotel is at 371 Riverview Drive and the Hampton Inn is less than ten minutes away at 200 S. Beachview Drive.  The Convention Center is between the two at One N. Beachview Drive. 

See driving directions and transportation and airport options.

Scholarships for full-time students are available.  To apply, open the student scholarship form with Adobe Acrobat and save the completed form in pdf on your computer.  Email the saved file plus a copy of your student ID, or fax to 734-448-8148.

Help us honor Ron Paul by contributing to the Ron Paul Scholarship Fund to carry on his ideas.  (See options at end of registration page.)  At the conference we will present Ron with a beautiful framed parchment for his office with the names of benefactors.  Call 800-636-4737 or email James Fogal for details.

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