April 20th, 2015 12:00 PM
James Copland is director of and senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, which seeks to develop and communicate novel, sound ideas on how to improve the civil and criminal-justice systems. Copland has testified before Congress and has authored many policy white papers, book chapters, and articles in journals, including the Harvard Business Law Review and Yale Journal on Regulation, as well as opinion pieces in newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, and USA Today. In this speech, he discusses "Overcriminalizing the Old North State."
April 17th, 2015 12:00 PM
Jenna Ashley Robinson is president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. She joined the Pope Center in January 2007 as campus outreach coordinator and later became the center's director of outreach. She was previously the E.A. Morris Fellowship assistant at the John Locke Foundation, where she had worked since 2001. Robinson graduated from N.C. State University in 2003 with a major in political science and French. She received her master's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 and her Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in American politics and a minor in methods, from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. In this speech, Robinson discusses "Counterculture: How the Ivory Tower Is Eroding American Values."
April 13th, 2015 12:00 PM
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Cruz serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Committee on Rules and Administration. Before heading to Washington, Cruz received national acclaim as the solicitor general of Texas, the State's chief lawyer before the U.S. Supreme Court. In private practice in Houston, he spent five years as a partner at one of the nation's largest law firms, where he led the firm's U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. In this speech, Cruz offers "A Defense of Freedom."
April 6th, 2015 12:00 PM
Jay Schalin is director of policy analysis at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He joined the Pope Center in August 2007. A Philadelphia native, he began his writing career as a freelance journalist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and wrote for several other papers in New Jersey and Delaware. He also worked as a software engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation. In this speech, he discusses "Saving Higher Education."
March 30th, 2015 12:00 PM
Peter Boettke is a university professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T professor for the study of capitalism, and the director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU. Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, Boettke taught at New York University. In addition, Boettke was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992-1993 academic years and the F. A. Hayek Fellow in 2004 and 2006 at the London School of Economics. In this speech, he discusses "The Comparative Political Economy of a Crisis."
March 23rd, 2015 12:00 PM
J. Scott Moody is CEO of State Budget Solutions, a national think tank focusing on state pension reform and state dependency on the federal government. He is also a senior fellow with the American Conservative Union Foundation. His professional experience includes positions as senior economist at The Tax Foundation, senior economist at The Heritage Foundation, research fellow at The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and senior fellow for Budget and Tax Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. In this speech, Moody discusses "Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina: Will It Help or Hurt Our Economic Recovery?"
March 16th, 2015 12:00 PM
Mark McNeilly is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches in the areas of marketing and organizational behavior. He is a former marketing executive whose 30-year career at IBM and Lenovo includes experience in marketing, strategy, and management. McNeilly is the author of three books with Oxford University Press and has been an expert blogger for Fast Company magazine. In this speech, he discusses "The MBA@UNC Online MBA Program: Shaping Global Leaders Online."
March 9th, 2015 12:00 PM
Tony Tata is the secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, and a best-selling author. As one of the writers of Glenn Beck's New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, "Miracles and Massacres," and as the author of a series of four fiction titles in the "Threat" series, Tata now parlays his years of combat and operational experience into exciting, realistic thrillers. His latest book, "Foreign and Domestic," provides further insights on terrorism and our options to combat it - both in this country and abroad. In this speech, Tata discusses "Terrorism Threats — Both Foreign and Domestic."
February 23rd, 2015 12:00 PM
Scott Maitland is the proprietor of Top of the Hill Distillery. He founded Top of the Hill in 1996 to prevent a chain restaurant from dominating downtown Chapel Hill. He says that being in the brewpub business in Chapel Hill has created his appreciation for the impact local organizations have on a community. Maitland has been an adjunct professor of entrepreneurial studies at UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School since 2008. In this speech, he discusses "Unleashing the Spirits of North Carolina."
February 16th, 2015 12:00 PM
Phil Kirk is currently serving as director of business and leadership for Brady, a comprehensive energy solutions company headquartered in Greensboro. A native of Salisbury, Kirk has held a variety of jobs in education, government, and business. He served as chief of staff for Governors Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin and U.S. Senator Jim Broyhill. For 16 years he was the President/CEO of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, the state chamber of commerce. He has twice served as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources and chaired the State Board of Education. In this speech, Kirk discusses "The Nine Governors I Have Known."
February 10th, 2015 12:00 PM
Richard Epstein is professor of law and director of the Classical Liberal Institute at New York University. Considered one of the most influential thinkers in legal academia, Epstein is known for his research and writings on a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical, and philosophical subjects. His many books include Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (1985), Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995), and most recently, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (2013). In this speech, Epstein discusses "A Common Lawyer's Hard Look at Locke's Theory of Property."
February 9th, 2015 12:00 PM
Adam C. Smith is an assistant professor of economics and director of the Center for Free Market Studies at Johnson & Wales University. In this speech, he discusses "Behavior, Paternalism, and Policy: Evaluating Consumer Financial Protection."
February 2nd, 2015 12:00 PM
Dr. David Stein is co-founder of IFC Pediatrics. The clinic has cared for the children of Burlington and surrounding counties since 1999. It is the second largest Medicaid provider in Alamance County. The mission of the clinic is to help foster the best possible outcomes for its patients. In 2009, the Stein and his wife, Rosemary, co-wrote and starred in a commercial warning of the effects of the Affordable Care Act on their patients. In this speech, they discuss "Medicaid Reform and the Private Practice."
January 26th, 2015 12:00 PM
After earning degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Tommy Harrelson returned to his boyhood home of Southport and joined the family business. He later served in the N.C. House of Representatives and as secretary of transportation for Gov. Jim Martin. He has also worked in government affairs and as a management consultant. In this speech, he discusses his latest book, "Southport's Art Newton.
January 19th, 2015 12:00 PM
Joe Mavretic was speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives in 1989-90 and served in the House for 14 years. Mavretic is a native of Currituck County who received an English degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master's degree in political science from George Washington University. He is also a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Mavretic is a panelist on the public affairs program "NC Spin." In this speech, Mavretic offers "One Perspective on the North Carolina Highway Trust Fund."
January 12th, 2015 12:00 PM
Becki Gray is vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation. Gray provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff, and other decision makers involved in the state public policy process. She taps her experience in the legal field, at the N.C. General Assembly, and as a lobbyist in the private sector — as well as the full resources and staff of JLF — to fulfill requests for information and analysis from policymakers. In this speech, Gray discusses "JLF's Reforms for Freedom: Seizing the Momentum, Continuing the Mission."
January 5th, 2015 12:00 PM
Michael Lowrey is an economics and regulatory policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation and associate editor of Carolina Journal. Lowrey has written for JLF on economic policy, education, welfare, and transportation. His work has appeared in more than 100 newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News & Observer, and Greensboro News and Record. He is also author or co-author of several Locke policy reports, including the yearly "By The Numbers: Comparing the Cost of Local Government in North Carolina" series and "Flex Growth: A smarter option for North Carolina communities" (2012). In this speech, he discusses "The First Wave: U-boats Off the North Carolina Coast in 1918."
December 15th, 2014 12:00 PM
Nick Dranias is president and executive director of Compact for America Educational Foundation Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) charity that focuses on educating citizens and statesmen about the power of interstate compacts to achieve constitutional amendments and other reforms. Dranias serves as an expert with the Heartland Institute and the Federalist Society. He is also an Advisory Council member for Our America Initiative. He previously served as general counsel, steering committee member, policy development director, and constitutional policy director for the Goldwater Institute. In this speech, he discusses "Article V of the U.S. Constitution and the State-Originated Federal Balanced Budget Amendment."
December 8th, 2014 12:00 PM
Chris Valauri is legislative counsel for the N.C. Golf Alliance. Valauri has been in the government relations business for over 30 years. He and his wife Susan are the principals in the Valauri Group, LLC. Their clients include the N,C. Golf Course Superintendents and Owners Association. Caleb Miles is president and CEO of the Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Del Ratcliffe is president of the N.C. Golf Course Owners Association. He is also president of Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc., a multicourse management company in Charlotte. In this speech, Valauri, Miles, and Ratcliffe discuss "Golf: More Than a Game."
December 1st, 2014 12:00 PM
Roger Beckett is executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. He joined the Ashbrook Center staff in 1997 and assumed his current post in 2013. Beckett has been pivotal in growing the center into a national leader in offering civic education programs for students and teachers. He led the effort to create Ashbrook's Master of Arts degree in American History and Government, both online and at Ashland University, as well as online continuing education classes, and webinars for middle and high school history teachers to strengthen their understanding of America's Founding. In this speech, Beckett discusses "Rediscovering America Through Original Historical Documents."
November 24th, 2014 12:00 PM
Matthew Bryant is a partner in the Hendrick Bryant Nerhood & Otis law firm in Winston-Salem. He has represented businesses, their owners, and families for 19 years. He handles all areas of business formation, business disputes, and commercial transactions. Bryant's primary focus is on commercial litigation, eminent domain, and corporate transactions. In this speech, he discusses "Trapping Property Owners for a Better Price: NCDOT's Statewide Abuses of the Constitution."
November 17th, 2014 12:00 PM
Rep. Rick Glazier serves House District 44 in Cumberland County. He has chaired or co-chaired the House Education Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, several Judiciary Committees, and the Joint Legislative Ethics Commission. Glazier is a visiting professor in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University and has been teaching at Campbell University School of Law for 21 years. He started his professional career in Fayetteville as assistant public defender, then served five years as a law clerk to two federal judges, and spent 15 years as a member of the Beaver, Holt law firm. In this speech, Glazier discusses "Civility in Politics."
November 10th, 2014 12:00 PM
Bill Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, which he helped start in 1995. Kristol regularly appears on ABC News' "This Week." Before starting The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future. Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H.W. Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. In this speech, he discusses "What the Election Results Tell Us."
November 3rd, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. Roy Cordato is vice president for research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation. From 1993 to 2000, he served as the Lundy Professor of Business Philosophy at Campbell University. From 1987 to 1993, he was senior economist at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation in Washington, D.C. He has served as a full-time economics faculty member at the University of Hartford and at Auburn University and as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. In this speech, Cordato addresses the question "What Is Public Choice Economics?"
October 27th, 2014 12:00 PM
Cody Hand is vice president and deputy general counsel for the N.C. Hospital Association. Hand serves as one of NCHA's lobbyists, advocating and coordinating hospital advocacy on behalf of North Carolina's hospitals before all three branches of state government. Prior to joining the organization, Hand worked at the N.C. Senate as chief policy adviser to President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and also practiced law with his wife. In this speech, Hand discusses "The Myth of a Healthcare Free Market and a Hospital Perspective on Certificate of Need."
October 20th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. Philip Miller practiced internal medicine and cardiology for 34 years with Wake Internal Medicine Consultants Inc. and now works as a part-time physician with MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). Miller is a past chairman for the Wake County Medical Center, as well as a past president for the medical staff at Rex Hospital. He has taught at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine as an associate clinical professor. In this speech, he discusses "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Lobotomy."
October 13th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. Richard Bruch practiced orthopedic surgery for over 34 years with Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A., and now serves as a consultant and registered N.C. lobbyist for TOA. Bruch is a North Carolina Medical Society past president and for a decade was its representative on the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council, the body that sets Certificate of Need policy and determines North Carolina's "need" for additional medical facilities. In this speech, he discusses "A Physician's Experience With North Carolina's Certificate of Need Law."
October 6th, 2014 12:00 PM
Joe Stewart is executive director of the NC FreeEnterprise Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts research and analysis on candidates, campaigns, voter attitudes, and other factors impacting North Carolina's political landscape. Before joining NCFEF, Stewart served as assistant secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety and chief deputy to the state treasurer. He also was ranked the 48th most effective lobbyist (working on behalf of the insurance industry) in 2008 by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. In this speech, Stewart discusses "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Ballot Box."
September 29th, 2014 12:00 PM
Heywood Sanders is professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He previously taught at Brown University, University of Illinois, and Trinity University in San Antonio. Sanders has written widely on urban politics. He co-edited The Politics of Urban Development and edited Urban Texas: Politics and Development. In this speech, he discusses "Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities."
September 22nd, 2014 12:00 PM
Gary F. Harris is executive director of the N.C. Petroleum and Convenience Marketers. Harris worked as a purchasing agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Services, in Raleigh before joining the N.C. Petroleum Marketers Association in 1988. He became executive director in 1997. Harris has served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. He has served as president of the State Executives Conference of PMAA, president of Association Executives of North Carolina, and board member for the N.C. Bio-Fuels Center. In this speech, he discusses "The Good Roads State from a Petroleum Perspective."
September 15th, 2014 12:00 PM
Bruce Clarke is the CEO of Capital Associated Industries. CAI is a nonprofit employer advocate membership organization working with more than 1,200 companies in the RTP and Triad areas. CAI helps employers build great workplaces, grow existing businesses, and provide good pay and benefits. Prior to founding CAI in 2001, Clarke was a shareholder and general counsel at Ogletree Deakins law firm. He chairs the Employment and Labor Law Subcommittee of the National Manufacturers Association. In this speech, Clarke discusses "Labor Unions Battle for Members in N.C.: Historical and Recent Strategies."
September 8th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. William Happer serves as professor in the Department of Physics at Princeton University and as a prominent technical consultant to industry and government. Happer served as research associate in the Radiation Laboratory of Columbia University and held the positions of instructor, assistant professor, and professor in the Department of Physics. He is a specialist in laser spectroscopy, optical pumping, radio frequency spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in The Physical Review, The Physical Review Letters, The Reviews of Modern Physics, and other scientific journals and encyclopedias. In this speech, he discusses "The Myth of Carbon Pollution."
August 4th, 2014 12:00 PM
Paul Slobodian is an organization development psychologist and principal of Pivot Consulting LLC. In 1990 Slobodian was hired by the Universal Instruments division of Dover Corporation. He is credited as being instrumental in rebuilding Universal's competitiveness by upgrading organization talent, leading a comprehensive quality initiative, and using performance-based compensation systems. Slobodian recently served as vice president of human resources and administration of Allegheny Energy, a Fortune 500 company. In this speech, he discusses "Your Guide to Education Warfare: Factions in Education Reform."
July 31st, 2014 12:00 PM
July 31, 2014, would have been the late economist Milton Friedman's 102st birthday. To honor Friedman's vision and the impact he has had on our society, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has collaborated with policy groups from around the world to hold events in his honor. This includes a Friedman Legacy of Freedom Lecture at the John Locke Foundation. Milton Friedman's contribution to 20th-century economics is indisputable. But economics isn't the only area where he had a vested interest. Friedman had a vision for transforming education through free-market principles. Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, the speaker pro tempore of the N.C. House of Representatives, discusses "Opportunity Scholarships: Perils and Promise."
July 28th, 2014 12:00 PM
Jim Geraghty, a contributing editor at National Review, writes the "Campaign Spot" blog for National Review Online. He regularly appears on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. A former reporter at States News Service, Geraghty's reporting appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, Bergen Record, and scores of other papers. Earlier in his career, he reported for the Dallas Morning News, Congressional Quarterly, and the now-departed web sites Policy.com and IntellectualCapital.com. In this speech, Geraghty discusses "The Weed Agency: The Funny And All-Too-Real Struggle Against Big Government."
July 21st, 2014 12:00 PM
Major B. Clay Jackson serves as the State Partnership Program coordinator for the N.C. National Guard's partnerships with Moldova and Botswana. He is responsible for planning and executing partnership engagements. He works with the Africa Command, the European Command, U.S. State Department, and other U.S. government elements to maximize effectiveness and efficiency. In this speech, Jackson discusses "The North Carolina National Guard's State Partnership Programs with Moldova and Botswana."
June 30th, 2014 12:00 PM
Joe Stewart has served as executive director of the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation since June 2013. Stewart has worked in government, politics, issue advocacy, and association management for more than 20 years in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina. He has worked for the NC Chamber and the Insurance Federation of North Carolina, and je served as chief deputy state treasurer and assistant secretary of the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Matt Bales is NCFEF's research director. Bales was political direcotr of the N.C. Republican House Caucus. He has served at deputy finance director for Sen. Elizabeth Dole, worked on a winning campaign team for N.C. Rep. Tom Murry, and was political and new media director at Cornerstone Solutions, working with non-profits, issue advocacy, and political campaigns. In this speech, Stewart and Bales offer an "Election Update."
June 16th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. Mark Steckbeck is an assistant professor of economics at Campbell University. He is noted for encouraging students to examine the economic aspects of both private and public sectors. In addition to his work on trust and reciprocity, his interests lie in public choice economics, law and economics and institutional design. Prior to coming to Campbell, Steckbeck taught at Hillsdale College in Michigan. In this speech, he discusses "Self-Interest and the Morality of Capitalism."
June 9th, 2014 12:00 PM
G. Eugene "Gene" Boyce is an accomplished attorney who practices primarily in the areas of class action law, litigation, commercial litigation and constitutional law. Throughout his career, Boyce has participated as defendant and plaintiff attorney in countless jury trials and more than 142 appellate proceedings in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also examined the conduct of public officials at the highest federal and state levels. Among his most notable achievements include serving as assistant chief counsel to the Watergate Committee. In this presentation, Boyce details "The Roy Cooper Political Libel Case 2000-14: A ‘Mock Trial' of Boyce & Isley PLLC v. Roy A. Cooper III."
June 2nd, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. Donald van der Vaart is the energy policy adviser to the secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to assuming this position, van der Vaart served in various capacities in the state Division of Air Quality and worked previously in the petroleum and utility industries. He has published numerous technical and legal articles and holds two patents. He is an adjunct faculty member at N.C. State University, where he has taught both air quality engineering and environmental law courses. In this speech, he discusses "North Carolina Energy Policy."
May 27th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. John Staddon is James B. Duke professor of psychology and professor emeritus in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. He works on evolution, biological and social, and mechanisms of learning. Recent topics are timing and memory, feeding regulation, and successive induction and the ways in which animals, people and society adapt to reward schedules in the lab and in life. Theoretical work involves both analytical and computer-simulation studies of functional and mechanistic models for behavior and economics. Current research is on the psychology, economics, and system properties of financial and health markets. In this speech, he discusses "Unlucky Strike: Private Health and the Science and Law of Smoking."
May 19th, 2014 12:00 PM
Frank Buckley is a foundation professor at George Mason University School of Law, where he has taught since 1989. Before then, he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He has also taught at McGill Law School in Montreal, the Sorbonne (Paris II), and Sciences Po in Paris. His most recent books include The American Illness, Fair Governance, Just Exchange, and The Morality of Laughter. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator. In this speech, Buckley discusses his book "The Once and Future King."
May 5th, 2014 12:00 PM
Daniel Alexander is regional director for Jobs For Life. In this role, he interacts with church, business, government, and community leaders throughout North Carolina and the nation. Alexander has lived in North Carolina for most of the past 18 years. He taught Bible/History/U.S. Government, coached wrestling, and then served as director of advancement at St. David's High School. During his time in education, Alexander pursued his passion of working with those at the "margins" of society by serving as a Jobs for Life mentor and instructor. In this speech, he discusses "Getting to the root of the work problem: The essential nature of a local, faith-led approach."
April 28th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. Bartley Danielsen is associate professor of finance and real estate at North Carolina State University. His recent research focuses on how charter schools, school vouchers, and other school choice initiatives impact real estate values, development and the environment. Danielsen's research appears in Real Estate Economics, the Journal of Housing Research, the Journal of Real Estate Research, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and numerous other high-quality academic finance and real estate journals. He is the founder and president of Environmentalists for Education Reform (thegreenapples.org), a nonprofit corporation devoted to promoting research and awareness of the importance of educational choices in revitalizing blighted urban areas, reducing urban sprawl, and creating sustainable cities. In this speech, Danielsen discusses "Voting With Your Feet: An environmentalist's case for school choice."
April 14th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. Chris Conover is research scholar in the the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Mercatus-affiliated senior scholar. Conover has taught in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, the Duke School of Medicine, and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. His research interests are in the area of health regulation and state health policy, with a focus on issues related to health care for the medically indigent (including the uninsured), and estimating the magnitude of the social burden of illness. In this speech, Conover discusses "How Risky Is It To Be Uninsured?"
April 9th, 2014 12:00 PM
The 2014 election cycle will have a major impact on government in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh. North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is one of the most highly anticipated electoral contests across the country. Fox News contributor and Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes joins John Locke Foundation President John Hood, Democratic strategist Brad Crone, and Republican strategist Marc Rotterman to assess candidates and key issues in the 2014 election campaigns.
April 7th, 2014 12:00 PM
Harrison J. "Harry" Kaplan is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP and also leads McGuireWoods Consulting LLC's Raleigh office. For the consulting group, he serves as a senior vice president in the state government relations group and focuses his practice on government relations, regulatory matters, business expansion, and procurement. Kaplan represents clients on issues including property and casualty insurance, health care and health insurance, pharmaceuticals, transportation, education, and the environment. In this speech, he discusses "Free-Market Competition in Auto Insurance: More Savings, More Choices for N.C. Drivers."
March 31st, 2014 12:00 PM
Richard Burr is North Carolina's senior U.S. senator. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 after serving a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives. In January, Burr joined fellow U.S. senators Tom Coburn and Orrin Hatch in presenting an alternative health care reform plan. Widely viewed as the most thoughtful and constructive plan yet developed to repeal and replace Obamacare, the plan seeks to ensure that as many Americans have health coverage as Obamacare does. It's a proposal grounded in the real-world tradeoffs that all serious reformers must make. In this speech, Burr discusses "The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act: The Promise of the Burr-Coburn-Hatch Health Reform Plan."
March 24th, 2014 12:00 PM
Jane Pinsky has been director of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform since late 2007. She has spent more than 30 years working for nonprofits in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh. Pinsky has been a fellow at the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, director of the North Carolina Nursing Foundation and a lobbyist for clients including AAA Carolinas, three clinical cancer centers in North Carolina, and the American Nurses Association. In this speech, she discusses "Redistricting for a 21st-Century North Carolina."
March 20th, 2014 12:00 PM
The John Locke Foundation and NC WARN don't always agree in public policy debates. But the conservative nonprofit think tank and the environmental nonprofit group share some concerns about North Carolina's electricity market. The groups co-sponsored two public forums based on two related topics. First, consumers would benefit if North Carolina state government would open up the electricity market to more competition. Second, consumers reap no benefit from so-called Construction Work in Progress rules. CWIP allows utility companies to charge customers in advance for construction costs linked to new power plants, even if those plants never open. This forum is titled "The Prospect of State-Mandated Consumer Financing of Power Plants."
March 17th, 2014 12:00 PM
Tim Boyum hosts the daily Time Warner Cable News program "Capital Tonight." He joined Time Warner Cable News for its launch in 2002. As a reporter, he covered Hurricane Isabel, the Michael Peterson murder trial, the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, and the 2005 Final Four. As a political reporter and anchor, he covered the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, the 2012 Republican National Convention, John Edwards' 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and several gubernatorial and senatorial elections. In this speech, he discusses "The Changing Face of Political Journalism."
March 10th, 2014 12:00 PM
Joe Coletti is deputy director for the NC GEAR project to transform North Carolina state government. He joined state government in the Office of State Budget and Management in February 2013. Coletti was director of fiscal and health policy studies at the John Locke Foundation from 2005 to 2011 and assisted state-focused think tanks as policy specialist with the State Policy Network. This speech is titled "From ‘Y'all should' to ‘How do we?'"
March 3rd, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. David C. Rose is professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1987 from the University of Virginia. Rose's primary areas of research interest are behavioral economics, organization theory, and political economy. He has published scholarly articles in a wide range of areas. He has a recent book titled "The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior." Rose is working on a new book titled "Why Culture Matters Most." In this speech, he addresses the question "Is Capitalism Unfair?"
February 26th, 2014 12:00 PM
The John Locke Foundation and NC WARN don't always agree in public policy debates. But the conservative nonprofit think tank and the environmental nonprofit group share some concerns about North Carolina's electricity market. The groups have agreed to co-sponsor two public forums on the topic. First, consumers would benefit if North Carolina state government would open up the electricity market to more competition. Second, consumers reap no benefit from so-called Construction Work in Progress rules. CWIP allows utility companies to charge customers in advance for construction costs linked to new power plants, even if those plants never open. This forum is titled "The Competitive Challenges to N.C.'s Monopoly Electricity Model."
February 24th, 2014 12:00 PM
Dr. John Staddon is James B. Duke professor of psychology and professor of biology at Duke University. As a scientist, Staddon is known for experimental and theoretical research on interval timing, "superstition," and behavioral economics in rats, pigeons, fish, and people. He is also known for his critiques of Skinnerian behaviorism and the proposal of a theoretically based "New Behaviorism." A native of Great Britain, Staddon devotes this speech to "Socialized Medicine: The British National Health Service."
February 17th, 2014 12:00 PM
Troy Kickler is founding director of the North Carolina History Project and Editor of NorthCarolinahistory.org. He holds a master’s degree in social studies education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. His dissertation was "Black Children and Northern Missionaries, Southern Conservatives, Freedmen’s Bureau Agents, and Freedmen in Reconstruction Tennessee." He has taught at the University of Tennessee, Barton College, and North Carolina State University. In this speech, Kickler discusses his new book, "The King’s Troublemakers: Edenton’s Role in Creating a Nation and State."
February 10th, 2014 12:00 PM
Clark Neily joined the Institute for Justice as a senior attorney in 2000. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment, and other constitutional cases in both federal and state courts. Clark helped create the Institute's Center for Judicial Engagement, which was designed to challenge the unconstitutional expansion of government. In this speech, he discusses "Judicial Abdication vs. Judicial Engagement: Is the Supreme Court shirking its obligation to uphold the Constitution?"
February 3rd, 2014 12:00 PM
N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood has 15 years of auditing experience. She served in the State Auditor's Office for more than a decade and previously served in the State Treasurer's Office. She is the first woman elected to the position of State Auditor in North Carolina. During her tenure in the State Auditor's Office, Wood was instrumental in bringing the state's compliance supplements up to federal standards, ensuring that federal grants are being used as intended. She was a leader in redesigning the Auditor's Office training program to make training more relevant to state auditors' work. In this speech, she discusses "Auditing your tax dollars? And the findings are. ..."
January 27th, 2014 12:00 PM
Joe Stewart is executive director of the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation. Prior to joining NCFEF in June 2013, Stewart consulted with corporations and trade associations on issue and political advocacy strategies. He has served as political director at the NC Chamber, executive director of the Insurance Federation of North Carolina, chief deputy state treasurer, and assistant secretary of the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. In this speech, Stewart discusses “2014 Elections: Updates and Insights.”
January 20th, 2014 12:00 PM
John Hood is president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues policy studies, hosts dozens of events and training sessions each year, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, a monthly newspaper with a readership of nearly 200,000 North Carolinians. Hood helped to found JLF in 1989. Hood is a syndicated columnist, a frequent guest on talk radio, and a weekly panelist on "NC Spin," a political talk show broadcast on 16 television stations across the state radio. Hood is the author of five books. The most recent one is "Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina's Economic Recovery." In this speech, he discusses "The Debate in 13 Charts."
January 13th, 2014 12:00 PM
Mitch Kokai joined the John Locke Foundation as director of communications in December 2005 after spending more than four years as chief state government reporter for News 14 Carolina. That job included extensive coverage of the North Carolina General Assembly. Before News 14 Carolina, Kokai worked as a radio news reporter for seven years. He started a radio news department at WENC-AM in Whiteville, then led Chapel Hill's award-winning radio news team at WCHL-AM. He spent two-and-half years as news director and assignment editor for Raleigh's WPTF-AM. In this speech, Kokai discusses "A Taxing Debate Over Tickets."
December 16th, 2013 12:00 PM
Gene Chianelli serves as counsel on tax and business law issues to N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. In this role, Chianelli helped construct the recently enacted North Carolina tax reform legislation and continues to work on further tax reform efforts. He is also a member of the Higgins Frankstone Graves & Morris law firm in Chapel Hill. His principal areas of practice are business law, business organizations, federal and state taxation, and nonprofit law. In this speech, he discusses "Mission Impossible: North Carolina Tax Reform."
December 9th, 2013 12:00 PM
Sarah Curry is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Previously, she worked for the North Carolina State Senate as a research assistant for the chairs of the Senate Agricultural Committee and headed the research efforts for the Regulatory Reform Committee. Curry previously worked in the private banking sector as an investment counselor and retail banker along with managing and staffing both state and federal campaigns across North Carolina. In this speech, she discusses "The Economic Impact of Christmas Tree Production in North Carolina."
December 2nd, 2013 12:00 PM
Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, concentrating on the intersection of culture and commerce. She has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Forbes and its companion technology magazine Forbes ASAP. From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine. In this speech, she discusses her latest book, "The Power of Glamour."
November 18th, 2013 12:00 PM
Nicola Scafetta is a research scientist at the Active Cavity Radiometer Solar Irradiance Monitor Lab group and an adjunct assistant professor in the physics department at Duke University. His research interests are in theoretical and applied statistics and nonlinear models of complex processes. He has published peer-reviewed papers in journals covering a wide variety of disciplines, including astronomy, biology, climatology, economics, medicine, physics and sociology. In this speech, he discusses "The Sun, the Moon, and the Planets: The Astronomical Origins of Climate Change on Earth."
November 4th, 2013 12:00 PM
Mark Cares has worked for the last three years in the shale exploration industry. In 2010 he took the opportunity to work on cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Cares then traveled to North Dakota to begin working in the hydraulic fracturing boom. Since then he has worked for Halliburton as an equipment operator on various fracking crews in Texas, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. He also has worked for other companies learning about well head systems and water transfer. In this speech, he discusses "North Carolina's Opportunities and Challenges in Shale Energy Exploration."
October 28th, 2013 12:00 PM
Jay Schalin is director of policy analysis at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Schalin joined the Pope Center in August 2007. A Philadelphia native, he began his writing career as a freelance journalist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and wrote for several other papers in New Jersey and Delaware. He also worked as a software engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation. His articles have appeared in Forbes, The Washington Times, Fox News Online, U.S. News and World Report, Investor's Business Daily, Human Events, and American Thinker. In this speech, Schalin discusses "Moving the Unmovable Object: Reforming the Ivory Tower."
October 21st, 2013 12:00 PM
Rep. Mike Hager is completing his second term in the N.C. House. Hager represents District 112, which encompasses all of Rutherford County and a portion of Burke County. He is a small business owner in Rutherfordton. Hager is the House Majority Whip, chairs the Public Utilities and Energy Committee and Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy, and co-chairs the Environmental Review Commission. In this speech, Hager discusses "The Three E's: Economy, Environment, and Energy."
October 7th, 2013 12:00 PM
Cathy Rossberg is vice president for new business development at Amerigroup. Rossberg helps develop strategic relationships with stakeholders in new markets and for new products and RFPs in current markets. She has 12 years of experience with Amerigroup. Prior to joining Amerigroup, Rossberg was deputy director of Medicaid for Texas, where she designed and implemented the STAR+PLUS program, one of the first managed Medicaid LTSS programs in the nation. In this speech, she discusses "Amerigroup's Value Proposition for North Carolina."
September 30th, 2013 12:00 PM
Katherine Restrepo is the health and human services policy analyst at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining JLF, she interned at the Cato Institute under its director of health policy studies. In Washington, D.C., Restrepo developed a strong interest in consumer-driven health care and repeal of anti-constitutional provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In this speech, Restrepo discusses "Obamacare's Heart Attack."
September 23rd, 2013 12:00 PM
Amity Shlaes is a syndicated columnist and directs the 4% Growth project at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Shlaes also teaches about the economics of the 1930s for the M.B.A. program at New York University's Stern School of Business. Shlaes has written three New York Times best-sellers, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Greedy Hand, and Coolidge, a biography of the 30th American president. In this speech, she discusses "The President Who Said No: Calvin Coolidge and the Present Financial Crisis."
September 9th, 2013 12:00 PM
John Hood is president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues policy studies, hosts dozens of events and training sessions each year, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, a monthly newspaper with a readership of nearly 200,000 North Carolinians. Hood helped to found JLF in 1989. Hood is a syndicated columnist, a frequent guest on talk radio, and a weekly panelist on "NC Spin," a political talk show broadcast on 16 television stations across the state radio. Hood is the author of five books. The most recent one is Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina's Economic Recovery. In this speech, he discusses "Judging By Results."
August 26th, 2013 12:00 PM
Dallas Woodhouse is North Carolina state director of Americans for Prosperity. Woodhouse has been involved in North Carolina politics for many years. Beginning his career as a Raleigh-based political journalist with NBC-17, he also spent time on the evening news at WKFT and WLFL. Woodhouse began his stint with Americans for Prosperity as the Communications and Legislative Director for AFP–North Carolina, and took command of the North Carolina chapter in August 2007. Through his position, Dallas leads the fight to ease the burden of big government in North Carolina. In this speech, Woodhouse discusses "Grass Roots — 2013 Legislature and Beyond."
August 19th, 2013 12:00 PM
John Skvarla is secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He joined DENR from the business world, most recently serving as CEO for Restoration Systems, an environmental mitigation firm based in Raleigh that helps improve and restore wetlands and waterways. Skvarla's past environmental experience also includes work as chairman with Wilkinson Hi-Rise, a world leader in manufacturing new products such as waste management and automated recycling systems. Skvarla previously served as chief operating officer for The Aviation Group, a company that emerged as the world's largest all-cargo airline during his tenure. He also has been managing director of an investment banking office in Raleigh and owner of a Sandhills golf course community. In this speech, he discusses "Protecting the Environment While Growing the Economy."
August 5th, 2013 12:00 PM
Dale Folwell was appointed assistant secretary for the N.C. Division of Employment Security in March. He oversees the state's unemployment insurance system. This role includes all aspects of claim determination, employer account management, and legal enforcement of employment security law. Folwell served four terms in the N.C. House of Representatives. He was elected as speaker pro tempore for the 2011-2012 legislative sessions. Folwell also served for eight years on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education. In this speech, he discusses "Unemployment Benefits — Broke and Broken — The First 15 Days in the Life of a Claim."
July 31st, 2013 12:00 PM
July 31, 2013, would have been the late economist Milton Friedman's 101st birthday. To honor Friedman's vision and the impact he has had on our society, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has collaborated with policy groups from around the world to hold events in his honor. This includes a Friedman Legacy of Freedom Lecture at the John Locke Foundation. Milton Friedman's contribution to 20th-century economics is indisputable. But economics isn't the only area where he had a vested interest. Friedman had a vision for transforming education through free-market principles. Terry Stoops, JLF director of education studies, discusses "Milton Friedman and Anti-Intellectualism in Education Research."
July 29th, 2013 12:00 PM
Mathew Shaeffer is history research associate at the John Locke Foundation. Shaeffer earned his bachelor's degree in history from N.C. State University and is working on his master's in history from N.C. State with a focus on 20th-century American culture, specifically in the Cold War era. His thesis deals with the reflection of American values and historical events in "The Amazing Spider-Man" comics. In this speech, he discusses "The Amazing Spider-Man: American Cultural Values and Social Events in Superhero Comics."
July 22nd, 2013 12:00 PM
Jonathan Ingram is director of research at the Foundation for Government Accountability. Before joining FGA, Ingram served as director of health policy and pension reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, where he developed public policy solutions, with a particular focus on patient-centered health care policies and public sector retirement reform. Ingram also has served as a staff writer and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Legal Medicine, an internationally ranked peer-reviewed academic journal. In this speech, he discusses "The Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina: Medicaid Reform That Works for Patients, Providers, and Taxpayers Alike."
July 15th, 2013 12:00 PM
Bill Stallings is principal musician and chief bugler for the Carolina Legion and First Brigade, Southern Division, a Civil War re-enactment group. He's been involved in re-enactments since 1988. Stallings caught the bug when researching his family history and discovering that his great great grandfather, W. H. Stallings, was an infantry soldier in the 13th North Carolina Infantry Battalion and later with the 66th North Carolina State Troops. In this speech, Stallings discusses "The Music of the Civil War."
July 8th, 2013 12:00 PM
Richard McKenzie, professor emeritus of economics at the University of California at Irvine, has authored 30 books and is a nationally recognized authority on the Microsoft antitrust case. His research focuses on economic policy issues. McKenzie, who grew up in an orphanage in the 1950s, spent much of the fall of 2011 embedded in a "modern-day orphanage," The Crossnore School, which is home to about 100 children in a remote corner of North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains. "Miracle Mountain: A Hidden Sanctuary for Children, Horses, and Birds Off of a Road Less Traveled" is his account of life there, as related through the eyes of the children in residence who have heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of trauma and recovery. In this speech, McKenzie discusses "Miracle Mountain: Inside a Self-Proclaimed Modern-Day Orphanage."
June 24th, 2013 12:00 PM
Lee Craig is head of the Department of Economics and Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor at North Carolina State University. An expert on economic history, Craig's work includes a new biography of Josephus Daniels. Craig delves into Daniels' extensive archive to inform this nuanced and eminently readable book, following Daniels' rise to power in North Carolina and chronicling his influence on 20h-century politics. In this speech, Craig discusses "Josephus Daniels: His Life And Times."
June 10th, 2013 12:00 PM
Jon Sanders is director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before assuming his current responsibilities, Sanders served as JLF's associate director of research. He also researched issues in higher education for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and has been an adjunct instructor in economics at North Carolina State University. Sanders has been widely published, appearing in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, ABC News online, Townhall.com, FrontPage Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as numerous newspapers across North Carolina. In this speech, he discusses "Like Trickledown on Steroids! State-Directed Economic Development and the Amazing Multiplier."
June 3rd, 2013 12:00 PM
Mitch Kokai joined the John Locke Foundation as director of communications in December 2005 after spending more than four years as chief state government reporter for News 14 Carolina. That job included extensive coverage of the North Carolina General Assembly. Before News 14 Carolina, Kokai worked as a radio news reporter for seven years. He started a radio news department at WENC-AM in Whiteville, then led Chapel Hill's award-winning radio news team at WCHL-AM. He spent two-and-half years as news director and assignment editor for Raleigh's WPTF-AM. In this speech, Kokai discusses "A Not-So-Taxing Conversation."
May 20th, 2013 12:00 PM
Rick Henderson became managing editor of Carolina Journal in April 2009. Prior to joining CJ, he had worked the previous nine years as an editorial writer and columnist for daily newspapers in Las Vegas, Riverside, Calif., and Denver, Colo. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for Investor's Business Daily and the Los Angeles Business Journal. From 1989 to 1998, he was with Reason magazine, dividing his tenure between the publication's Los Angeles headquarters as a reporter and managing editor and its D.C. bureau as Washington editor. In this speech, Henderson discusses "A Conflict of Visions at 25 (Or So): What Thomas Sowell's classic tells us about today's political debates."
May 13th, 2013 12:00 PM
Jacob Vigdor is a professor of public policy and economics at Duke University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and external fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. Vigdor has taught at Duke since 1999. His research interests are in education policy, housing policy, immigration policy and political economy. In this speech, he discusses "Solving America's Math Problem."
May 6th, 2013 12:00 PM
Grady Jefferys has had a lifelong career as a newsmaker in North Carolina. He sat on staff at WRAL during the station's early days, wrote and edited for the News & Observer, and worked on many of the major political campaigns of the 1970s. He is the author of 12 books, hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and is the writer/producer of more than 200 television programs, videos and film productions. In this speech, he discusses his new book, "I Never Promised Not to Tell: Revealing, Behind-The-Scenes Stories by a Veteran Writer Who Was Part of It."
May 2nd, 2013 12:00 PM
John Blundell is the former Director General and Ralph Harris Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Blundell became Director General of IEA in 1993. In addition, he served as co-founder and chairman, from 1993 to 1997, of the Institute for Children in Boston; founder director (1991–1993) of the Institute for Justice, Washington D.C.; international trustee (1988–1993), The Fraser Institute, Vancouver, B.C.; and founder trustee of the Buckeye Institute, Dayton, Ohio. "Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady" is his personal portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the woman who was the pivotal point of the rescue of a country, a woman who woke up her nation and made it once again a world leader. In this speech, Blundell discusses that 2008 book.
April 29th, 2013 12:00 PM
Rich Clifford is a former NASA astronaut and a passionate advocate and activist for Parkinson's Disease. He is also a patient since he was first diagnosed with the disease after completing his second spaceflight in 1994. Subsequent to the diagnosis he was assigned to a third space shuttle mission. He was selected as a NASA Astronaut in 1990. He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions. In this speech, he discusses "The Astronaut's Secret," a planned one-hour documentary that will explore how Clifford kept his Parkinson's Disease a secret for 17 years, including the impact on the Space Shuttle program and Clifford's life.
April 22nd, 2013 12:00 PM
Dr. Yuri Maltsev is professor of economics at Carthage College, where he has worked since 1991. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Moscow State University and his Ph.D. in labor economics at the Institute of Labor Research in Moscow. Before defecting to the United States in 1989, he was a member of a senior Soviet economics team that worked on President Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms package of perestroika. Prior to joining Carthage, Maltsev was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., a federal research agency. In this speech, he discusses "Russia: Hydrocarbons, Autocracy, and Power Politics."
April 15th, 2013 12:00 PM
Amelia Frahm is executive director of Nutcracker Publishing. Frahm is an award-winning author known for taking contentious, difficult topics and putting them in a format children of all ages understand and find interesting. In 2011 she released the controversial, award-winning children's book "Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!" She is a member of the Board of Advisors for the global Go Nuclear! Foundation and actively promotes both cancer awareness and nuclear advocacy. In this speech, Frahm discusses "Lighting Up Minds and Radiating Brilliance: Nuclear Literacy for Elementary Students."
April 8th, 2013 12:00 PM
Michael Lowrey is an associate editor of Carolina Journal, policy analyst in economics and regulatory policy for the John Locke Foundation, and a blogger at MeckDeck.com. Lowrey's work has appeared in more than 100 newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer of Raleigh, and The News and Record of Greensboro. He is the author of the John Locke Foundation's annual report "By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties." In this speech, Lowrey discusses "What the American Airlines/US Airways Merger Means For You."
March 25th, 2013 12:00 PM
Donald R. van der Vaart is chief of air quality permits with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. At N.C. State University, he has taught Air Quality and Air Pollution Control engineering courses. He now teaches the Environmental Law and Policy course. Prior to joining state government, Dr. van der Vaart worked both in industry and the utility sector. He has published numerous technical and legal articles and holds two patents. He is a registered engineer and a licensed attorney in North Carolina. In this speech, he discusses the topic "The Clean Air Act: Protectionism or Environmentalism?"
March 18th, 2013 12:00 PM
Mark McNeilly is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches branding and other topics. He is a former marketing executive whose 30-year career at IBM and Lenovo includes experience in marketing, strategy, and management. McNeilly wrote three books with Oxford University Press and is an expert blogger for Fast Company magazine. He has presented his views on strategy and marketing to corporations such as 3M and the Royal Bank of Scotland as well as in media such as the BBC, C-SPAN, and CNBC. In this speech, he discusses "Rebranding the Republican Party."
March 11th, 2013 12:00 PM
Terry Stoops is director of research and education studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After crossing the Mason-Dixon Line, he taught English at Spotsylvania High School and served as an adjunct instructor in professional communication at the University of Mary Washington. Stoops received his Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. In this speech, he discusses "Career and Technical Education in North Carolina."
March 4th, 2013 12:00 PM
Dan Forest is the first Republican lieutenant governor to be elected in North Carolina in 20 years, and only the second since 1897. Forest is a registered architect. He and his wife, Alice, live in Raleigh with their four children, ages 7 to 19. After receiving two degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he became a leader in the business community. Forest remains active in his community and church, and is the founder and former president of the Triangle Leadership Forum. He is also a former member of the Heritage Foundation's Presidents Club and previously served on the N.C. Community Board for Heritage. He is the former chairman of the board of the Wake Forest Pregnancy Support Services. In this speech, Forest discusses his top priorities as lieutenant governor.
February 18th, 2013 12:00 PM
John Hood is president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues policy studies, hosts dozens of events and training sessions each year, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, a monthly newspaper with a readership of nearly 200,000 North Carolinians. Hood helped to found JLF in 1989. Hood is a syndicated columnist, a frequent guest on talk radio, and a weekly panelist on "NC Spin," a political talk show broadcast on 16 television stations across the state radio. Hood is the author of five books. The most recent one is Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina's Economic Recovery. In this speech, he discusses "First In Freedom: Transforming Ideas Into Consequences for North Carolina."
February 11th, 2013 12:00 PM
Sougata Mukherjee is editor of the Triangle Business Journal, one of top financial newspapers in the country, according to the country's largest business journalism organization, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Mukherjee has been at the helm of TBJ for the past 12 years. Before that, he was the Washington bureau chief for American City Business Journals, TBJ's parent company, which owns 40 business journals across the country. In this speech, Mukherjee discusses "Bull Or Bear: The Business Climate in North Carolina."
February 4th, 2013 12:00 PM
Dr. Walter J. Wessels is professor of economics at North Carolina State University. He specializes in labor economics. His current research interests include minimum wages, cooperative education, and labor unions. Wessels' research has appeared in economics and education journals, including Economic Inquiry and The Journal of Cooperative Education. He also wrote "Economics: A Streamlined Course for Students and Business People" for the Barron's Business Review Series. In this speech, Wessels discusses "Right To Work: What does the law do?"
January 28th, 2013 12:00 PM
Robert Childs has served as the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition's executive director since 2009. He is involved in all program activities including service delivery, program design, innovation and evaluation, resource development, and organizing. Prior to joining NCHRC, Childs served as a program director at Positive Health Project in New York City, where he oversaw health programming, overdose prevention programs, law enforcement relations, harm reduction programs, and led research on the public health effects of people injecting in the public domain. Childs has worked in harm reduction for over 10 years. In this speech, Childs and two other N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition members, Leilani Attilo and Natalie Rich, discuss "Reducing Drug Overdose Deaths Through 911 Good Samaritan Laws and Naloxone Access."
January 21st, 2013 12:00 PM
Dr. John Hubisz is a visiting professor of physics at North Carolina State University. He specializes in physics education. He is particularly interested in ways of teaching physics to the general public and students in grades K-14, including examining claims of the unusual (ancient astronauts, crop circles, the Bermuda Triangle, Bigfoot, UFOs, and so on) in the light of physics principles required for their occurrence. In this speech, Hubisz discusses "Energy: What is it, and how do we promote a better understanding of it?"
January 14th, 2013 12:00 PM
Andrew J. Taylor is professor of political science at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and teaches courses in American politics, including "Introduction to American Government," "The Presidency and Congress," "The Legislative Process," and "Public Choice and Political Institutions." In 1999 he won the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Poole Outstanding Teacher Award. He received N.C. State's Outstanding Extension Service Award in both 1999-2000 and 2003-2004. Taylor's research focuses on American governmental institutions. In this speech, he discusses "What to Expect from the 2013 Congress."
January 7th, 2013 12:00 PM
HansMarc Hurd is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, serving in Army Special Operations Command in a Military Intelligence and a Psychological Warfare capacity. He has participated in seven overseas deployments on three continents and currently serves as the First Sergeant for the 340th Tactical PSYOP Company in Garner. In this speech, Hurd offers an "Afghanistan Update."
December 17th, 2012 12:00 PM
John Hood is president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues policy studies, hosts dozens of events and training sessions each year, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, a monthly newspaper with a readership of nearly 200,000 North Carolinians. Hood helped to found JLF in 1989. Hood is a syndicated columnist, a frequent guest on talk radio, and a weekly panelist on "NC Spin," a political talk show broadcast on 16 television stations across the state radio. Hood is the author of five books. The most recent one is Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina's Economic Recovery. In this speech, he discusses "All That Glitters: North Carolina's Gold Rush and What It Wrought."
December 13th, 2012 12:00 PM
Eric Kniffin is counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He joined the Becket Fund in 2009 and has been active in defending the rights of religion and conscience in the workplace. Before coming to the Becket Fund, Kniffin worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where he enforced federal civil rights statutes protecting the rights of prisoners and houses of worship, and enforced the federal fair housing act. In this speech, titled "Religious Liberty and ObamaCare," Kniffin discusses current legal challenges to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate, and the future of religious liberty during the second term of the Obama Administration.
December 10th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. John Staddon is a James B. Duke professor of psychology and professor of biology and neurobiology emeritus at Duke University. He has worked in many universities around the world, including MIT, Oxford, and the University of Toronto. He has written and lectured on public-policy issues such as education and the effects of social and biological processes on the political process. He is the author of approximately 200 research papers and five books, including "The New Behaviorism," "Adaptive Dynamics," and, most recently, "The Malign Hand of the Markets: The Insidious Forces on Wall Street That Are Destroying Financial Markets — and What We Can Do About It." In this speech, he discusses the theme "Facts and Faith: Is Science All There Is?"
November 26th, 2012 12:00 PM
Algenon Cash is managing director of Wharton Gladden, a boutique real estate investment banking firm headquartered in North Carolina. In 2003, Cash and a group of private investors created Wharton Gladden to provide small and middle market business owners, real estate developers, and investors with financial advisory, underwriting, capital placement, asset management, and private equity. In 2012, Cash was named chairman and small business ambassador for the North Carolina Energy Forum, the state's leading citizen group for domestic energy education and advocacy. His goal is to help business owners and voters understand the benefits that energy can have on our economy, our work force, and our national security. In this speech, he addresses the question "Are You An Energy Voter?"
November 19th, 2012 12:00 PM
Jonathan Butcher serves as education director for the Goldwater Institute. He has researched education policy and school choice programs at both the state and national level. Prior to joining Goldwater, Butcher was the director of accountability for the South Carolina Public Charter School District, South Carolina's only statewide charter school authorizer. He studied education policy at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and worked with the School Choice Demonstration Project, the research team that evaluated voucher programs in Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee, Wisc. He studied education and family policy at the Heritage Foundation. In this speech, Butcher discusses "Education Savings Accounts: A Path to Give All Children an Effective Education and Prepare Them For Life."
November 15th, 2012 12:00 PM
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he co-founded in 1995. From 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for the New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator. Barnes appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on the McLaughlin Group. In this speech, he discusses "What the Election Results Really Mean."
November 12th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Troy Kickler is the founding director of the North Carolina History Project and editor of NorthCarolinahistory.org. He holds an M.S. in social studies education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. His dissertation was "Black Children and Northern Missionaries, Southern Conservatives, Freedmen's Bureau Agents, and Freedmen in Reconstruction Tennessee." He has taught at the University of Tennessee, Barton College, and North Carolina State University. In this speech, he discusses "Caught In The Crossfire: African American Children and the Battle for Education During Reconstruction."
November 5th, 2012 12:00 PM
Michael L. Walden is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. He is author of eight books, including North Carolina in the Connected Age, Battleground Business, Smart Economics: Commonsense Answers to Fifty Questions about Government, Business, and Households. He also produces a daily radio program and writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. In this speech, he addresses the question "Why Is North Carolina's Unemployment Rate So High?"
October 29th, 2012 12:00 PM
Scott Gerber is professor of law at Ohio Northern University. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Gerber is also senior research scholar in law and politics at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center. He is a member of the Massachusetts, Colorado, and Virginia bars, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court bar. He is the 2002, 2009, 2011, and 2012 winner of the Fowler V. Harper Award for excellence in legal scholarship. In 1999, Gerber published the highly regarded book, "First Principles: The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas," analyzing Justice Thomas's first five years on the Supreme Court. In this speech, he discusses "Justice Thomas' Legacy After 20 Years."