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."
October 24th, 2012 12:00 PM
Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. He is W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Murray first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of "Losing Ground," which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, "The Bell Curve," sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America's class structure. In this speech, he discusses key themes from his most recent book. The speech is titled "Coming Apart at the Seams: America's New Cultural Divide."
October 22nd, 2012 12:00 PM
Ruth Grant is professor of political science and philosophy at Duke University, specializing in political theory with a particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of "John Locke's Liberalism" and of "Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics." Grant's work originally focused on the historical study of liberal thought and has moved increasingly toward contemporary ethics. In this speech, she discusses her most recent book, "Strings Attached: Untangling Ethics of Incentives."
October 15th, 2012 12:00 PM
Vikram Rao has served as executive director of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium since September 2008. Rao spent nine years with Halliburton and another 25 with predecessor companies. Most recently he served as senior vice president and chief technology officer, responsible for Halliburton's technology effort as well as intellectual asset management. Rao is the author of more than 50 publications and has been awarded 29 patents in fields that include nonferrous metal refining, alloy formulations, and oil and gas technology. RTI Press released his book "Shale Gas: the Promise and the Peril" in July 2012. He discusses that book in this speech.
October 8th, 2012 12:00 PM
Jon Sanders is director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation. A regular columnist for TownHall.com, Sanders has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, ABC News online, FrontPage Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and numerous newspapers throughout North Carolina. Sanders has been an adjunct instructor in economics at North Carolina State University, and he holds a master's degree in economics with a minor in statistics and a bachelor's degree in English literature and language from N.C. State. In this speech, Sanders discusses "Carolina Cronyism."
October 1st, 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 "The Carolina Campaign: How America Won Its Revolution."
September 19th, 2012 12:00 PM
Byron York has been chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner since 2009, following his work as White House correspondent for National Review and as a columnist for The Hill. Brad Crone has extensive experience in media consulting, campaign management, and state government. He founded Campaign Connections in 1991. Marc Rotterman is a partner in Rotterman & Associates, a Raleigh-based public relations and government consulting firm. A staffer for Ronald Reagan's successful presidential campaign and a Reagan administration member, Rotterman served as the founding president of the John Locke Foundation, where he worked until 1996. Current JLF President John Hood has been with the free-market public policy think tank since its start more than 22 years ago. Hood is a statewide syndicated columnist and appears each week on the N.C. Spin television program. York, Rotterman, Crone, and Hood preview the 2012 North Carolina and national elections.
September 17th, 2012 12:00 PM
Kory Swanson is Executive Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. Prior to joining JLF in 2000, Swanson was associated with the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Swanson holds a J.D. and a master's degree in philosophy. In this speech, he discusses "Adams, Jefferson, and the Myth of the Informed Citizen."
September 10th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Terry Stoops is director of research and education studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining JLF, Stoops worked as the program assistant for Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught English at Spotsylvania High School and served as an adjunct instructor in professional communication at the University of Mary Washington. He was a research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Stoops earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Clarion University and a master's degree in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. He received a Ph.D. in social foundations of education from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. In this speech, Stoops discusses "The High School Graduation Dilemma."
August 27th, 2012 12:00 PM
Ray Nothstine is associate editor at the Acton Institute and managing editor of Religion & Liberty. Before joining Acton, Nothstine worked as a freelance writer for several organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington D.C. He gained ministry experience in churches in Mississippi and Kentucky. After college, he also served on the staff of U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor, D-Miss., in Gulfport. In this speech, Nothstine discusses the theme "Is Civil Religion Enough? Religion and Presidential Campaigns."
August 13th, 2012 12:00 PM
John Samples directs the Cato Institute's Center for Representative Government, which studies campaign finance regulation, delegation of legislative authority, term limits, and the political culture of limited government and the civic virtues necessary for liberty. He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Samples is the author of The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History and The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform. Prior to joining Cato, Samples served eight years as director of Georgetown University Press, and before that, as vice president of the Twentieth Century Fund. In this speech, he discusses "Will Citizens United Survive?"
August 6th, 2012 12:00 PM
Carolina Journal is one the nation's premier nonprofit newspapers, with an unparalleled reputation for in-depth investigative reporting that uncovers corruption in North Carolina's state and local governments. With a print and online readership of more than 180,000 North Carolinians each month, the state's politicians and policymakers know they are being watched by one of the best reporting teams in the newspaper business. This question-and-answer session with CJ staff features Managing Editor Rick Henderson, Executive Editor Don Carrington, and Associate Editors Barry Smith and Dan Way.
July 31st, 2012 12:00 PM
July 31, 2012, would have been the late economist Milton Friedman's 100th 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. Roy Cordato, JLF vice president for research and resident scholar; Terry Stoops, JLF director of education studies; and Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute education policy director, discuss "Milton Friedman, School Choice, and Public Choice."
July 30th, 2012 12:00 PM
Robert T. "Bob" Geolas is president and CEO of the Research Triangle Park Foundation of North Carolina. He joined the RTP Foundation in November 2011 and coordinates initiatives and efforts to ensure the Park remains at the forefront of technology and applied science. He leads the Foundation in achieving its mission of creating opportunities for all of North Carolina by repositioning RTP to respond to new realities and re-invent itself to meet the demands of the 21st century. Before his current post, Geolas served as executive director of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and associate vice president for economic development at Clemson University. He also has led North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus and Centennial Biomedical Campus. In this speech, Geolas discusses "The Future of Research Triangle Park."
July 23rd, 2012 12:00 PM
Miguel Estrada is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher. He co-chairs the firm's Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group. Estrada has handled a broad range of matters before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has argued 20 cases before that court and briefed many others. From 1992 until 1997, Estrada served as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York. In this speech, Estrada offers a "2012 Supreme Court Review."
July 16th, 2012 12:00 PM
Steve Milloy is founder and publisher of the highly regarded web site, JunkScience.com, and an environmental and public health consultant. Milloy is a recognized leader in the fight against junk science with more than 20 years of experience. He is a biostatistician and securities lawyer who has also been a registered securities principal, investment fund manager, nonprofit executive, and a print/web columnist on science and business issues. In this speech, he discusses the theme "Outlaw Experiments? Human Testing at the Environmental Protection Agency."
June 25th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Jenna Ashley Robinson is outreach coordinator at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. She joined the Pope Center in January 2007. She was previously the E.A. Morris Fellowship assistant at the John Locke Foundation, where she had worked since 2001. Duke Cheston is a reporter and writer for the Pope Center. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied biology. At UNC, he wrote for Carolina Review, UNC's only conservative publication. In this presentation, Robinson and Cheston discuss "Pell Grants: Where Does All The Money Go?"
June 18th, 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 is the author of "The New Behaviorism" and "Adaptive Dynamics," among other books. In this speech, he discusses his latest book, "The Malign Hand of the Markets: The Insidious Forces on Wall Street That Are Destroying Financial Markets — and What We Can Do About It."
June 12th, 2012 12:36 PM
Lawrence Lessig is director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a professor of law at Harvard Law School. Before taking his current post, Lessig was a professor of law at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Chicago. Lessig clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. His current academic work addresses the question of "institutional corruption" — roughly, influences within an economy of influence that weaken the effectiveness of an institution, or weaken public trust. His current work at the E.J. Safra Lab oversees a five-year research project addressing institutional corruption in a number of institutional contexts. In this speech, he discusses "Raging Cronyism."
June 11th, 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 each year, produces radio and video programming, and publishes Carolina Journal, a newspaper and online news site with a monthly audience of nearly 200,000 North Carolinians. Hood helped to found JLF in 1989. In addition to his duties at JLF, Hood is a syndicated newspaper columnist, regular radio commentator, and weekly panelist on "NC Spin," a discussion program broadcast on television stations across North Carolina. In this speech, Hood discusses his new book, "Our Best Foot Forward."
June 4th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Jeff Broadwater is a professor of history at Barton College. He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. His main teaching and research interests are early American history and the history of the South. Broadwater has written biographies of Founders George Mason and James Madison. In this speech, he discusses "Living With a Legacy: James Madison and the Constitution."
May 21st, 2012 12:00 PM
Marc A. Levin is director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. An attorney, Levin served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and as staff attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. Levin's articles on law and public policy have been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Texas Review of Law & Politics, National Law Journal, New York Daily News, Jerusalem Post, Toronto Star, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Charlotte Observer, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, and Reason Magazine. In this speech, he discusses "Right on Juvenile Crime in North Carolina."
May 14th, 2012 12:00 PM
Robert Childs has served as North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition's executive director since 2009 and was named one of five people who made a difference in HIV in the USA in 2011 by thebody.com. In addition to performing executive functions, 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 Public Health Operations Manager and Program Director at Positive Health Project in New York City. In this speech, he discusses "The Case for Syringe Decriminalization in North Carolina."