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February 16, 2023  |  11:30 AM

The H. F. Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series

In-Person or Virtual

209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301

Lunch Begins – 11:00 a.m.

Program Begins – 11:30 a.m.
Program Ends – 12:30 p.m.


Join us for a presentation by Mark Schug, Professor Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mark will discuss Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and how they acted courageously in their efforts to desegregate Major League Baseball. But is it possible that the marketplace also played a critical role? How might the ideas of the founding economist Adam Smith regarding free markets and competition have provided a helping hand to Robinson and Rickey?

The event will start promptly at 11:30 AM (CT) and will begin with a presentation by Mark, followed by a Q&A session. It is part of the H.F. Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series, which is proud to be partnering with several organizations and universities around the country.

Audience members will be able to submit questions during the panel discussion via the chat feature.

Open discussion and audience participation are hallmarks of the Langenberg Speaker Series, so the Q&A session will make up a significant part of the program, which will end at 12:30 PM.


Mark C. Schug is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and President of Mark Schug Consulting Services. Mark taught for 36 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels. A widely-recognized scholar, he has written and edited over 230 articles, books, and national curriculum materials. He has spoken to local, state, and national groups throughout the United States and in 11 other countries. He has been the guest co-editor of 12 issues of Social Education, the flagship journal of the National Council for the Social Studies. His latest books are Economic Episodes in American History published by Wohl Publishing and co-authored by William C. Wood, Tawni Hunt Ferrarini and M. Scott Niederjohn. He is also coauthor of a companion text titled Economic Episodes in Civics and American Government also published by Wohl. He is coauthor with Ferrarini, Niederjohn, and Wood of Teachers Can Be Financially Fit: Economists’ Advice for Educators published by Springer Nature.

Mark does speaking and writing for several local, state, and national organizations and has served on the boards of local, state, and national non-profit organizations including the (national) Association of Private Enterprise Education, Economics Wisconsin, Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM), St. Andrew Lutheran Church, School Choice Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies.  Mark earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has received seven national awards for leadership, curriculum writing (three), service, and research (two) in economic education.

Mark and his wife Io have been married for 53 years, have two grown daughters, and four grandchildren. They live in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


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