Cameron University Public Policy Forum to examine economic policy in Oklahoma

The Cameron University Department of History and Government will present “Public Policy Forum VII: The Philosophy and Practice of Economic Policy in Oklahoma,” which will examine the philosophical underpinnings of Oklahoma’s economic system, current economic trends in Southwest Oklahoma and how philosophy can inform economic policymaking in city hall. The event will take place on Friday, March 8 from 9 a.m. – Noon in the CETES Conference Center and is open to the public at no charge.

The forum will start with a discussion of the major economic trends in Southwest Oklahoma.  Dr. Tony Wohlers, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Academic Enrichment at Cameron University, will also highlight themes from the CU Public Policy Forum’s last session on economic development in his talk “Revisiting Economic Policy and Growth in Southwest Oklahoma.”

Mayor Mike Brown of Weatherford will follow with a presentation on the challenges faced by small towns and cities as they grapple with the issues of economic development.

Dr. Steve Ellis, Associate Professor and Graduate Liaison at the University of Oklahoma, will then discuss “Morality and Economics,” focusing on the general principles and values that underpin Oklahoma’s current economic system.

The event will conclude with an open-ended question and answer session in which presenters and the audience will exchange views. 

This program is funded by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the We People Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Cameron University.

For more information, contact Dr. Wohlers at or 580-581-2496 or Dr. Doug Catterall at or 580-581-2949.


February 25. 2013