University of Minnesota

Conference Director: Charlie Gers

cgers@studentsforliberty.org

Charlie is a Communications major at the University of Minnesota. After moving to Minneapolis from Miami in fall 2016, Charlie became actively involved in the liberty movement; he became an SFL Campus Coordinator, FEE Campus Ambassador, President of College Libertarians at UMN, President of SSDP at UMN, and interned at Young Americans For Liberty. Charlie has also done work with the Libertarian Party of Minnesota—he introduced Gary Johnson at his rally in Minneapolis and then ran for mayor in November 2017. Besides liberty activism, Charlie loves to read, travel, and hang out at coffee shops.

 

University of Minnesota Conference: “Ending the War on Drugs”

Launched in 1971 President Nixon, the “War on Drugs” has shattered families and communities, skyrocketed the incarceration of thousands of non-violent offenders throughout the nation, and deprived citizens of their basic rights–most importantly, the drug war has been an engine of racial injustice and disparity. The U.S. leads the world in incarceration rates and it is up to our generation to stand up and speak up against laws that overwhelmingly target  specific racial, social, and economic groups that deprive their members of the right to individual liberty.

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Cara Schulz is the Candidate Recruitment Specialist for the Libertarian National Committee and presently sits on the Burnsville City Council. She has testified before the Minnesota legislature on topics such as the Second Amendment, Right to Die legislation, and Drug policies.
Stephen Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, and is a Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society. Professor Hicks directs the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University. In 2010, he won his university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Hicks has written four books; Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, Nietzsche and the Nazis, Entrepreneurial Living,...
Maren Schroeder, MBA, RP, MnCP is President of Sensible Minnesota and a PACE Registered, Minnesota Certified Paralegal for Borgos Law, PLLC practicing in the areas of family law, criminal defense, debtor relief, and medical cannabis patient protections. She is also the Director of Positions & Issues for the Minnesota Paralegal Association, and a delegate to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations....
Matt Kibbe is President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning the next generation on to the values of liberty. We reach the “liberty curious” through social media, video, and storytelling. Kibbe is also an Executive Producer at CRTV, where he produces “The Deadly Isms,” a documentary series about the...
Joe McKenzie is a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota, a Minneapolis based entrepreneur, radio host, and a speaker on leadership development. Joe is the Founder and Director of Career Development at Ripple Connects, Inc
James W. Lark, III currently serves as a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia.  He is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia. He has been a member...
Raeford Davis served the City of North Charleston police department for six years, including four years as a patrol officer and two as a special victims unit detective. At the time, North Charleston was ranked the 8th most dangerous city in America. Before becoming a police officer, he served in the United States Coast Guard...

2018 North American Regional Conference: Minneapolis

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