College of Law

Stranahan Lecture Series

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
Noon-1 p.m.
McQuade Law Auditorium

Professor Ilya Somin

“free to move: foot voting and political freedom”

Professor Ilya Somin
George Mason University

Most Americans think of ballot box voting as the essence of political freedom. However, Professor Ilya Somin explains how we can best empower ordinary people by expanding opportunities for them to "vote with their feet," whether it be in the private sector, between jurisdictions in a federal system, or even by moving to a new nation. We can greatly enhance both liberty and happiness by limiting and decentralizing political power, and by reducing barriers to both domestic and international migration.

 Professor Somin is a Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation. A prolific scholar, Somin is the author of a number of books including Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, rev. ed., 2016), as well as dozens of scholarly articles and essays in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He has been quoted or interviewed in Time, CBS, MSNBC, and NPR, among other media. Somin is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard University, and Yale Law School.

Food and drink will be provided. Book sales and signing will take place before and after the lecture.

About the Lecture

The free, public lecture is a part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. For a list of guest speakers and lecture videos from previous years, please visit our past speakers page. For questions about the Stranahan Lecture Series, please contact Professor Lee J. Strang


McQuade Law Auditorium is on the main level of the Law Center—located at 1825 West Rocket Drive, immediately inside the UToledo West Entrance off of Secor Road and south of Bancroft Street. Free guest parking is available for this event, but only in designated spaces within Parking Area 12. See the parking attendant to be directed to the designated area. Metered parking is also available within marked spaces facing the Center for Performing Arts. Metered rates can be found at the payment kiosk. Review section 3A of the UToledo campus map for more information.


Last Updated: 8/28/19