George Mason University law professor Michael S. Greve will give the BB&T Distinguished Lecture, “Our Colossal Federal Debt Versus the Constitution” on Wednesday, April 24, from 10-11 a.m. at the Inn at Virginia Tech’s Alumni Assembly Hall.

The talk, hosted by the Pamplin College of Business and part of its BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series on Capitalism, is free and open to the public, no tickets required. Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.

Greve joined George Mason in fall 2012 after having served as John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he specialized in constitutional law, courts, and business regulation and served as chairman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI, he was founder and co-director, from 1998 to 2000, of the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm specializing in constitutional litigation.

Greve was an adjunct professor at universities that included Cornell and Johns Hopkins and has been a visiting professor at Boston College since 2004. He received a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in government from Cornell University and a diploma from the University of Hamburg in Germany.

The author of nine books including, most recently, “The Upside-Down Constitution,” and many scholarly articles, Greve is a frequent speaker at professional and scholarly meetings and is a regular contributor to the Liberty Law Blog.

The BB&T lecture series is part of a Pamplin College teaching program to explore the foundations of capitalism and freedom. The program’s courses, undergraduate and graduate, examine alternative economic systems, including socialism and communism, and compare them with the economic solutions offered by free markets. For more information, please contact finance professor and program director Douglas Patterson.

Previous BB&T speakers include retired BB&T chairman and CEO John A. Allison, veteran financial journalist John Berry, Greg Ip of The Economist, Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, and Pamplin alumnus and Forbes newsletter editor Vahan Janjigian. The program was established in 2007 in the college’s finance department with a $1 million gift from BB&T Charitable Foundation.