Free Enterprise Speaker Series to address Supreme Court case

The legal arguments surrounding an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case will be discussed as Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series holds its first program of the fall semester from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Robert A. Levy

Two constitutional experts, Robert A. Levy and Todd Collins, will give their opinions about the case in which a Colorado baker refused for religious reasons to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony, said Edward Lopez, WCU professor of economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism.

Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C., will contrast discrimination by private parties and discrimination by governments, and emphasize the argument of why private parties should not be required to perform expressive acts that violate their beliefs, Lopez said.

Todd Collins

Collins, WCU’s Steed Distinguished Professor in Public Policy and director of the university’s Public Policy Institute, will emphasize arguments for the appropriate role of governments in assuring equal access and treatment, Lopez said.

“The goal of the Free Enterprise Speaker Series event is to promote mutual learning and civil discussion across the WCU community, which we probably need more of in today’s charged climate,” Lopez said. “Our two speakers really know this issue. This should be a very informative intellectual event for our campus community.”

The event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Lopez at 828-227-3383 or