Economic education expert to speak Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange

Tawni Ferrarini event flyer

Tawni Ferrarini will speak at Hannibal-LaGrange University March 23. The topic of her presentation will be "Markets vs. Government: Why Differences Matter." | Photo courtesy of Hannibal-LaGrange University

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal-LaGrange University will welcome Tawni Ferrarini as guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the L.A. Foster Student Center on campus. 

Ferrarini specializes in expanding the reach of sound economic education regionally, nationally and internationally. Since 2017, Ferrarini has been the Robert W. Plaster professor of economic education at Lindenwood University. She is a member of the economics faculty in the Plaster School of Business and Entrepreneurship, while also serving as a senior research fellow in the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise. The mission of the Hammond Institute parallels free society principles promoted by Free Society programming at HLGU.

Ferrarini works with the School of Education, creating training programs for educators to teach economics and financial literacy. She has co-authored several books, including “Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity,” a book that has been used in business classes at Hannibal-LaGrange University. 

In a press release, Jonathan Walker, assistant professor of business education at HLGU, said, “Dr. Ferrarini’s visit to campus is an awesome opportunity for HLGU students to be immersed in free society principles presented by an esteemed professor, Dr. Ferrarini’s professional expertise and abundance of relevant experience in education and economics makes her an ideal Free Society speaker.” 

During her visit to HLGU, Ferrarini will discuss “Markets vs. Government: Why Differences Matter.” The event is free and open to the public. 

This event is part of the Free Society Speaker Series that HLGU hosts in partnership with the Moorman Foundation. For more information about the Free Society Speaker Series at HLGU, email

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