Winter Institute - Innovative Economics

2019 Winter Institute

Immigration Explored

The 57th Winter Institute features nationally known speakers/authors and real-life journeys to help us explore immigration. Hear from the experts, learn about the impacts of immigration and network.


Thursday, Feb. 7

912 Regency Plaza, downtown St. Cloud

4-5 p.m. Welcome Reception
5-5:15 p.m. Welcome/Introductions
5:15-6:16 p.m. Mynul Khan '04
"How Work Gets Done: Immigration, Economics and the Power of Connection"
6:30-7:30 p.m.

James Bullard '84 
"U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy"

7:30-10 p.m. Networking Reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Friday, Feb. 8

St. Cloud State campus

8-8:15 a.m. Welcome/Introductions
8:15-9:30 a.m. George Borjas - Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall
"Immigration Economics and Immigration Policy"
9:45-11 a.m. Kao Kalia Yang - Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall
"Straddling Cultures in America"
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bryan Caplan - Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall
"Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration"
12:30-2 p.m. Sangeeta Jha - Atwood Ballroom
"Building Bridges: A Step Toward Cross-Cultural Outreach"
2:10-3:40 p.m.

Marla Kanengieter and Eddah Mbula Mutua - Atwood Cascade
Deliberative Dialogue on Immigration

4-6 p.m.

Winter Institute Closing Celebration - Red Carpet Martini Lounge

Teacher Workshop

Understanding Global Economics Issues 

Feb. 8, 2019

Voyageurs Room, Atwood Memorial Center  |  St. Cloud State

Presented by the Foundation for Teaching Economics 
in partnership with the St. Cloud State University Center for Economic Education

The Understanding Global Economic Issues program is for educators who integrate concepts related to global issues into their classroom activities and may include middle grades and high school teachers from a variety of disciplines, as well as curriculum supervisors.

  • Registration fee is $25
  • Earn one graduate credit in economics for $122
  • Participants must bring a laptop or tablet
8 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions
8:45 a.m. Review of the Foundations of the Study of Economics
9:30 a.m. Break
9:35 a.m. Teaching the Basics of International Trade: Parts I and II
11:15 a.m. Bryan Caplan, "Open Borders," Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall
12:30 p.m.

Working lunch and International Trade Issues discussion

  • DAVOS 2016: Integrating trade policies into the classroom
1:30 p.m. Break
1:40 p.m.

Trade Alliances:  Part I - History and Purpose

Trade Alliances:  Part II – Establishing / Achieving Economic Goals

2:30 p.m. Reviewing Global, US and local trade patterns
3 p.m. Looking Smart in the Classroom: Q&A related to global issues
3:15 p.m. Evaluation and closing remarks
3:30 p.m. Adjournment


Workshop Instructor

Donald G. Fell is program director for the Foundation for Teaching Economics Institute on The Environment and The Economy, The Right Start Institute and the one-day teacher programs.

At the University of South Florida he served as a member of the Executive MBA and Professional MBA faculty, Director of Executive and Professional Education, and as Senior Fellow for the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership.

Fell has taught Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics, Labor Relations and Money and Banking at the undergraduate level and Public Administration, Global Economics and Managerial Economics, as well as The Business of Medicine, at the graduate level.

He is a member of the national faculty for the Foundation for Teaching Economics and is past president of the National Association of Economic Educators. He has taught at The Ohio State University, the University of South Florida, Illinois State University and La Rochelle University Business School (Visiting MBA Professor) in La Rochelle, FR. 

Fell has worked as a manufacturing engineering and econometric consultant for Sundstrand Corporation, a lecturer at the University of Costa Rica, a program consultant for the New York City-based National Council on Economic Education, a consultant for PERC, a Bozeman, MT.-based think tank, and as strategy consultant for a variety of law firms, orchestras and nonprofit organizations.

He is a founding board member of Trxade, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, and previously served on the board of Fiona, an Indian-based water purification manufacturing company.

Workshop Sponsor

The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1975 in response to a concern that too many young people lacked an understanding of the basic concepts of market economics.

The FTE is dedicated to excellence in economic education, emphasizing the important role of productive, responsible citizens in free societies. 

Programs of the FTE include: Economics for Leaders, Economic History for Leaders, The Environment and The Economy Institute, The Right Start Institute, Rejuvenating the Economics Classroom (one-day), Fundamentals of Environmental Economics (one-day), Understanding Global Economic Issues (one-day) and a variety of online courses.

Speakers and Presenters

Session Summaries