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."
May 7th, 2012 12:00 PM
Warren Bingham is a proud North Carolinian and promoter of the state, and he has visited all 100 counties. Bingham’s career has been related mostly to selling and marketing financial products and services with stints at Cameron Brown Company, Protective Life Insurance Corporation, and the North Carolina Community Foundation, but he has maintained a vigorous avocation in history, and presently dedicates most of his time to speaking and writing. He has a special interest in two "Georges": George Washington and George C. Marshall. He has written a manuscript on George Washington's 1791 presidential visit to the South, and he is a longtime friend to the George C. Marshall Museum and Foundation in Lexington, Va. The book on Washington's tour is to be published in 2014. In this speech, he discusses "George Washington’s Southern Tour of 1791."
May 3rd, 2012 12:00 PM
Voters will decide May 8 whether to amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State." Duke University professor and former Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Michael Munger, ACLU legal director Katherine Parker, N.C. Values Coalition executive director Tami Fitzgerald, and Center for Religious Liberty director Ken Klukowski debate the proposed amendment in this video.
April 30th, 2012 12:00 PM
John L. Rustin is executive director of the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation, a statewide, nonpartisan research and education organization that serves business and industry by conducting extensive research and analysis of North Carolina's political arena. Prior to joining the Foundation in April 2009, John spent 15 years as a full-time lobbyist before the North Carolina General Assembly. In addition to serving as vice president and director of government relations for the North Carolina Family Policy Council from 1997 to 2009, John represented a variety of corporate interests before state legislative and regulatory agencies. In this speech, he discusses "North Carolina - The Quintessential Battleground State."
April 23rd, 2012 12:00 PM
Professor Donald J. Boudreaux chaired the Department of Economics at George Mason University from 2001 to 2009 and is now professor of economics at George Mason. Boudreaux has been president of the Foundation for Economic Education (1997-2001) and associate professor of legal studies and economics at Clemson University. He has lectured in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe on a wide variety of topics, including the nature of law, antitrust law and economics, and international trade. He is published in The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Regulation, Reason, Ideas on Liberty, The Washington Times, The Journal of Commerce, the Cato Journal, along with scholarly journals. He has a blog with Russ Roberts called Cafe Hayek. In this speech, he discusses "Cleaned by Capitalism."
April 16th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Patrick J. Michaels is senior fellow in environmental studies with the Cato Institute and a distinguished senior fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Michaels was also a research professor of environmental sciences at University of Virginia for 30 years. Michaels is a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. His writing has been published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, as well as in popular publications such as the Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, and Journal of Commerce. In this speech, he discusses "Public Choice and Public Science: Global Warming and the Government-Scientific Complex."
April 5th, 2012 12:00 PM
Professor John O. McGinnis is George C. Dix professor of law at Northwestern University. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. McGinnis clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. From 1987 to 1991, he was deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. Professor McGinnis is a scholar in both the areas of constitutional and international law. William Marshall is Kenan professor of law at the University of North Carolina. Marshall was deputy White House counsel and deputy assistant to the president of the United States during the Clinton administration and also served as the solicitor general for Ohio. Marshall has published extensively on the First Amendment, federal courts, and presidential powers issues and is also a leading expert on judicial selection matters. In this forum, McGinnis and Marshall debate the topic "Why Originalism Reaches Better Results Than the Living Constitution."
April 2nd, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Troy Kickler has been director of the North Carolina History Project since its founding in August 2005. He holds a master's degree in social studies education from North Carolina A&T University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. His specialty areas are 19th-century U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American, and religious history. A recipient of numerous research awards and study grants, Kickler has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including formerly at the University of Tennessee and Central Carolina Community College and currently at North Carolina State University. In this speech, he discusses "The Other Founders: The Anti-Federalists and What They Might Say About Today's Economic and Political Crises."
March 26th, 2012 12:00 PM
Born in Canada, raised in Ireland, and living in the United States, Thomas Thibeault retired from a 30-year teaching career that took him to Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and the Far East. Half a century of wide reading, wider traveling, and concentrated thinking provoked Thomas into writing. Those travels involved working as a deck hand, soldier, truck driver in Africa, art model in Ireland, train brakeman in Canada, and a tour guide at the pyramids. In this speech, he discusses his historical novel Balto's Nose, which celebrates the Monuments Men. These World War II-era scholars in uniform and soldiers tracked down art stolen by the Nazis and brought the thieves to justice. The lecture is titled "Liberty's Dogfaces."
March 19th, 2012 12:00 PM
Anthony J. Papalas is professor of history at East Carolina University. Papalas received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1968 and has been a member of the history department at East Carolina since 1970. His area of specialty is ancient Greece and Rome. He is the author of Ancient Icaria, and Rebels and Radicals: Icaria, 1600-2000. He has published many scholarly articles on topics such as the Panhellenic festivals and ancient naval warfare. In this speech, he discusses "The Fall of Greece, Keynesian economics, and the European Union."
March 5th, 2012 12:00 PM
Scott L. Silliman is professor of the practice of law at Duke Law School and also holds an appointment as adjunct professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he served as Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security from its inception in 1993 until July 2011 and now serves as director emeritus. During his career as a military attorney, he held a variety of leadership positions, including staff judge advocate (the senior attorney) at two large installations and three major Air Force commands. In his last assignment, as the senior attorney for Tactical Air Command and later Air Combat Command, he was general counsel to the commander of the largest principal organization within the Air Force. In this speech, he discusses "Killing By Drone: Issues of Law and Policy."
February 27th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Daniel I. Fine works with the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy. He is a longtime research associate at the Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT. Fine is also a policy adviser on nonconventional oil and gas. He is co-editor of Resource War in 3-D: Dependence, Diplomacy and Defense, and has contributed to Business Week, the Engineering and Mining Journal and the Washington Times. Fine has testified on strategic natural resources before the U.S. Senate committees on Foreign Affairs and Energy and Natural Resources. In this speech, he discusses "Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina."
February 22nd, 2012 12:00 PM
Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. Afsheen John Radsan is founder of the National Security Forum and professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law. Radsan has served as assistant general counsel with the CIA and assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. In this forum, Bandow and Radsan discuss "The Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki: Policy and Law in an Asymmetric Age."
February 20th, 2012 12:00 PM
Jeanette Doran is executive director and general counsel for the N.C. Institute of Constitutional Law. She is a graduate of Auburn University and Campbell University's School of Law, where she earned her law degree with honors and served as research editor of the Campbell Law Review and as research associate for Williston on Contracts, a multi-volume legal treatise on the law of contracts. After graduating from law school and completing a federal clerkship, Doran worked in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Raleigh and at the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this speech, she discusses "Amending the State Constitution: What Voters Need to Know."
February 13th, 2012 12:00 PM
Dan Hardway has been in the active practice of law for 30 years. He is a member in good standing of the bars of North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, and Indiana. After graduation from Cornell Law School, Hardway clerked for two years for Justice Thomas McHugh of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He then worked as a plaintiff's personal injury litigator and an attorney representing of Christian churches and ministries. Hardway moved to North Carolina in 2001 and opened an office in Angier in 2003. In 2009, he won a case before the North Carolina Supreme Court holding that it was unconstitutional for the state to prohibit a rehabilitated felon from having a firearm. In this speech, Hardway discusses "Felons, Firearms, and the Second Amendment."
February 6th, 2012 03:33 PM
Connie Sage is a freelance writer; editor of the Island Breeze, a monthly newspaper for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands; and author of the book, "Frank Batten: The Untold Story of the Founder of the Weather Channel." Sage was a longtime reporter and editor for The Virginian-Pilot and was on the corporate staff of Landmark Communications. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she received the Outstanding Scholar Award in the College of Arts and Letters. In this speech, she discusses "Frank Batten, the Founder of the Weather Channel: A Man of Means, a Life of Meaning."
January 31st, 2012 12:00 PM
John Baker is Dale E. Bennett professor of law at Louisiana State University Law Center, where he has taught constitutional law since 1975. He also teaches a number of short courses on separation of powers with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and serves as a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University. Baker previously worked as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans and has been a consultant to the U.S Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, the White House Office of Planning, USIA and USAID. In this speech, he discusses "Overcriminalization in Federal Law."
January 30th, 2012 12:00 PM
Marlynn Burns is the National Committeewoman, Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Southern States, and co-chairs the RNHA National Committee for State Chapter Development. She has chaired the N.C. 12th U.S. Congressional District Republican Party since 2007 and is a founding partner, software development team leader, and senior strategist for 360RGroup. Victor Guzman is founding chairman of the RNHA, North Carolina chapter. He has been involved in developing the Hispanic business community in the Charlotte region and nationally. In this speech, Burns and Guzman discuss "The Republican Party and Latinos: Where Do We Go From Here?"
January 23rd, 2012 12:00 PM
Mark McNeilly is an adjunct professor of marketing at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he has taught for six years. Prior to that he was a marketing executive with experience at IBM and Lenovo. He has written three books, one of which is George Washington and the Art of Business: Leadership Lessons from the First Commander-in-Chief. McNeilly has presented his views on leadership and strategy to corporations such as IBM, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and 3M, as well as on the BBC, C-SPAN, and CNBC. In this speech, he discusses "George Washington and Leadership: The Best-Known Founding Father Many Know Little About."
January 21st, 2012 09:00 PM
Five hundred people joined the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh for a celebration of JLF's 22nd anniversary. This podcast features President John Hood's remarks, as well as the following awards: Buncombe County school board member Lisa Baldwin, James Knox Polk Award for leadership in public office; U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, James Knox Polk Award for leadership in public office; and Jon Ham, Knight of the Right. At the speaker's request, video of Judge Andrew Napolitano's featured remarks is not available.
January 16th, 2012 12:00 PM
Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds professor of public policy studies and professor of economics and law at Duke University, where he has taught since 1979. He is also director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism at Duke and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, public finance, and tax policy. He is the author most recently of the book Big-Time Sports in American Universities. In this speech, he discusses "College Sports: You got a problem with that?"
January 9th, 2012 12:00 PM
Jenna Ashley Robinson is outreach coordinator at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. She joined the Pope Center in 2007 after working since 2001 at the John Locke Foundation. Robinson had been JLF's E.A. Morris Fellowship assistant. Robinson graduated from N.C. State University in 2003 with majors in political science and French. She received her master's degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005 and is a Ph.D. candidate in political science, with a concentration in American politics and a minor in methods. In this speech, Robinson discusses "Economic Freedom: What does it mean for the United States?"
December 15th, 2011 12:00 PM
Trained under veteran columnist Robert Novak, Tim Carney is currently senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner. Carney has an expertise in rooting out just who stands to profit from politicians' latest "reform" proposals. Carney's second book, Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses, boils down to this: Every time government gets bigger, somebody's getting rich. In this speech, he discusses "What the 2012 elections mean for Big Business and Big Government vs. the Free Market."
December 12th, 2011 12:00 PM
The Honorable I. Beverly Lake Jr. is senior counsel with Nexson and Pruet and former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. His distinguished career spans five decades and includes vast public service. Justice Lake served two terms in the North Carolina Senate, as assistant and deputy attorney general for the Department of Justice, as legislative liaison for Gov. Jim Martin, as a special Superior Court judge and as an intelligence staff officer for the U.S. Army. Lake was the state Republican Party's nominee for governor in 1980. He is the founder of North Carolina’s nationally recognized Actual Innocence Commission. In this speech, he offers "Reflections on the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission."
December 5th, 2011 07:00 PM
Daren Bakst is director of legal and regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation. John Droz is a fellow at the American Tradition Institute and serves on the board of NC-20, a group that advocates on behalf of North Carolina's 20 coastal counties. Dr. David Schnare is director of the Environmental Law Center at the American Tradition Institute and director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute. These three presenters lead a workshop titled "The Truth About Wind Power on the Coasts of North Carolina."
November 28th, 2011 12:00 PM
David A. Burton is a member of the N.C. Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study Advisory Committee and the N.C. Portal Project Review Committee. He is the owner of Geeks Alive! Computer Rescue and Burton Systems Software of Cary. In this speech, he discusses "Sea level rise: Is Al Gore right? Are we all going to drown?"
November 21st, 2011 07:00 PM
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the nation's second and third presidents. More than 200 years after their service in office ended, "Adams" and "Jefferson" visited Raleigh's N.C. Museum of History to debate issues of political importance that continue to confront the United States today. Ken Ripley of the Spring Hope Enterprise moderates this Adams-Jefferson debate.
November 21st, 2011 12:00 PM
Wilbur D. Jones Jr. is a nationally known, award-winning author and military historian. A Wilmington native, he holds a history degree from the University of North Carolina, is a retired Navy captain and former assistant to and advance representative for President Gerald Ford. He served the Department of Defense for 41 years, the last 12 as a professor and associate dean at the Defense Acquisition University. Doing business as Wilbur Jones Compositions, he writes, lectures, and consults on World War II and defense issues, and leads WWII battlefield tours to Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific, and in Southeastern N.C. In this speech, Jones discusses "Wilmington, N.C.: America's World War II City."
November 14th, 2011 12:00 PM
Roger W. Knight is an attorney and expert on state and local government relations. In March, 2010, he founded his own firm concentrating in trade and community associations, government relations, election law, and government ethics. His clients include independent political organizations, political action committees, health care companies and agricultural industries. He served as legal counsel to Gov. James G. Martin in 1985-86, then joined the firm of Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton LLP in 1987, becoming a partner in 1994. While at Wyrick Robbins, he was a member of the litigation section. He also served as legal counsel to the Town of Wake Forest from 1996 to 2010 and has also served as legal counsel to the Town of Zebulon and the Town of Kenly. He co-founded the government relations practice area at Wyrick Robbins and developed a specialty in political law, campaign finance, and legislative and government ethics. In this speech, he discusses "Real Jobs NC and the Expanding Role of Independent Expenditures Groups in North Carolina."
November 7th, 2011 12:00 PM
John D. Mueller is the Lehrman Institute fellow in economics and director of the Economics and Ethics Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is also president of LBMC LLC, a firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in economic and financial-market forecasting and economic policy analysis. He has more than 30 years' experience in those fields. From 1979 through 1988, Mueller was economist and speechwriter to then-Congressman Jack Kemp. In this speech, he asks "Were John Locke and the Founders 'Lockeans' — or Scholastics?"
October 31st, 2011 12:00 PM
George Leef is director of research at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He was a vice president of the John Locke Foundation and director of the Pope Center until the Pope Center became an independent entity in 2003. Leef taught economics, business law, and logic at Northwood University in Midland, Mich., and he worked as a policy adviser in the Michigan Senate. Since 1996 he has served as book review editor for The Freeman. Leef is the author of Free Choice for Workers: A History of the Right to Work Movement (2005) and editor of Educating Teachers: The Best Minds Speak Out (2002). In this speech, he discusses "The Constitution: Weren't We Supposed to Have Capitalism?"
October 24th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. Kyle Scott is visiting assistant professor of politics at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He has previously taught at the University of Houston, North Florida State University, and Miami University. Scott has written the books Dismantling American Common Law: Liberty and Justice in Our Transformed Courts; The Price of Politics: Lessons from Kelo v. City of New London, and Federalism: Theory and Practice. In this speech, he discusses "Federalism: The Politics of Humility."
October 17th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the Atlas Economic Research Foundation's vice president for international programs and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University, the Institute's educational arm. Previously he was vice president for international programs at Cato and director of Cato's Center for Promotion of Human Rights. Palmer has long been active in the freedom movement and was very active in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the spread of classical liberal ideas in the Soviet bloc states and their successors. Palmer was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures around the world on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. In this speech, he discusses the theme "The Morality of Capitalism: How Free Markets Create Justice and Prosperity."
October 10th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. John Dinan is professor of political science at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on state constitutionalism, federalism, and American political development. He is the author of several books, including The American State Constitutional Tradition and Keeping the People's Liberties: Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights. He chairs the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association. In this speech, Dinan discusses the topic "Talk Back: State challenges to federal directives."
October 3rd, 2011 12:00 PM
Vern Pike is a retired Army colonel and businessman. After graduating from Wake Forest, he entered the Army and served nearly 30 years before retiring in 1988. He then started his own business as a Washington lobbyist for small North Carolina companies. He retired again in 1998 and moved to Pinehurst. During his Army career, Pike served in Berlin as the first officer in charge of Checkpoint Charlie the night the Berlin Wall went up in 1961; served 2 tours in Vietnam as a company commander, and, later, a battalion executive officer; completed graduate school and was an assistant professor of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; commanded a battalion, and later a brigade in Germany; took special forces to Grenada in 1983; and served on both the Army staff and the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. In this speech, he discusses the book "Checkpoint Charlie: Hotspot of the Cold War."
September 30th, 2011 12:00 PM
J. Budziszewski is professor of government at the University of Texas-Austin, where he specializes in political philosophy, ethical philosophy, and the interaction of religion with philosophy. Among his research interests are classical natural law, virtue ethics, moral self deception, family and sexuality, and the problem of toleration. In this speech, he discusses "Natural Law and Constitutional Jurisprudence."
September 26th, 2011 12:00 PM
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 is service as assistant chief counsel to the Watergate Committee, working with Sen. Sam J. Ervin in 99 days of televised hearings and worldwide investigation related to the 1972 presidential campaign activities. Boyce was the lead investigator in the discovery of President Nixon's White House taping system of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. He discusses that discovery in this speech, titled "From Duct Tape to Electronic Tapes Inside the Watergate, and How We Found the Truth."
September 22nd, 2011 12:00 PM
Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow and manager of the Civil Justice Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation. Before joining the Heritage Foundation in 2008, he served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission. Von Spakovsky also has served at the U.S. Justice Department as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In this speech, he discusses "Voter ID: Protecting Election Security."
September 19th, 2011 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 "Jobbing the Jobs Stats: How to separate fact from spin in the employment numbers."
September 12th, 2011 12:00 PM
John Hood is president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation. Hood helped to found JLF in 1989 and has worked for the foundation throughout its more than 20 years of service. In addition to his duties at JLF, Hood is a syndicated columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal, High Point Enterprise, the Gaston Gazette, the Durham Herald-Sun, and newspapers in 50 other North Carolina communities. He is a regular radio commentator and a weekly panelist on "N.C. Spin," a discussion program broadcast on 16 television stations across North Carolina. He is a regular contributor to National Review and has written for other nationally distributed publications. In this speech, he discusses "The Emancipation Litigation: A Tale of the Abolition Movement in Early Virginia."
July 29th, 2011 12:00 PM
July 31, 2011, would have been the late economist Milton Friedman's 99th 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. Lecturer Roy Cordato is vice president for research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation. From 1993-2000 he served as the Lundy Professor of Business Philosophy at Campbell University. From 1987-1993 he was senior economist at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation in Washington, D.C. In this speech, Cordato discusses the theme "Elaborating on Friedman's Theory of the Social Responsibility of Business."
July 25th, 2011 02:22 PM
David Bass is an associate editor for Carolina Journal. Before joining the Journal and the John Locke Foundation, he served as research associate for the North Carolina Family Policy Council. Bass' reporting, opinion, and analysis pieces have appeared in National Review Online, Education Week, American Spectator, Washington Examiner, San Francisco Examiner, TownHall.com, WorldNetDaily, the Heartland Institute's Budget & Tax News, Stanford University's Education Next, and Intellectual Conservative. His articles have been featured by the Drudge Report, BigGovernment.com, RedState.com, Washington Times, Charlotte Observer, RealClearPolitics.com, and the Alliance Defense Fund. In this speech, he discusses "There is a free lunch - in schools."
July 19th, 2011 12:00 PM
Gregory Katsas is a litigation partner in the Washington office of Jones Day. Between 2001 and 2009, Katsas served in senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including assistant attorney general for the Civil Division and acting associate attorney general. Katsas is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Edward Becker and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In this speech, Katsas discusses the major cases from the October 2010 term of the United States Supreme Court, including trends and significant developments in the case law.
July 18th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. Patrick J. Michaels is senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute and distinguished senior fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Michaels was also a research professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Virginia for 30 years. His writing has been published in the major scientific journals, as well as in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, and Journal of Commerce. In this speech, he discusses "Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives."
July 11th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. C. L. Gray is a nationally known writer, speaker, and board-certified physician practicing hospital-based medicine in western North Carolina. In 2006 he founded Physicians for Reform, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving fiscally responsible, patient-centered health care. Gray's current book, The Battle for America's Soul, resulted from a decade spent in research and analysis of the history and philosophy of medical ethics. His book presents findings that link America's present cultural divide with the practice of post-Hippocratic medicine. He discusses key themes from the book in this speech.
June 27th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. Michael Munger is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and professor of economics and public policy at Duke University. He joined the Duke faculty in 1997 after teaching at Dartmouth, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before academic life, he was a staff economist for the Federal Trade Commission. His research interests include the study of ideology, legislative institutions, elections, and public policy, especially campaign finance. He also served as the Libertarian candidate for governor in North Carolina in 2008. In this speech, he discusses "The New Republican General Assembly: Surprises, Successes, and Disappointments."
June 20th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. Peter Frank is the Free Enterprise Fellow in the newly created Jesse Helms Center Fellows Program. Frank is also an associate professor of economics and the chair of the BB&T Program on the Moral Foundations of Free Enterprise at Wingate University. His past experience includes both roles in education and working as an independent consultant with the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise. His research interests include entrepreneurship, regional economic development and policy, public policy, institutional economics and development economics. In this speech, he discusses "Markets and Government at a Crossroads: Higher Education and the Intensifying Debate on the Foundations of Capitalism."
June 13th, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. David Schnare is director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute. He is also director of the Environmental Law Center at the American Tradition Institute. He worked for 33 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a scientist and enforcement attorney. He served on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as the nation's senior regulatory economist with the U.S. Office of Advocacy for Small Business, and as an attorney in the Virginia attorney general's office. In this speech, he discusses "None of the Above: A Sensible Energy Policy."
May 23rd, 2011 12:00 PM
Dr. Carolyn Happer is professor emerita of history at Meredith College. Her field for the Ph.D. was Southern history with a focus on North Carolina. Her field for the Master's degree was French history. These dual interests have made it possible for Dr. Happer to teach both American and European history. She is also responsible for teaching social studies methods and for preparing teacher certification students. Although her specialty is southern U.S. history, for many years she has taught a course about the Jewish Holocaust. Teaching this course led her to become involved with the North Carolina Holocaust Council, and this in turn led her to Morris Glass, subject of the book "Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor," published in March 2011. In this speech, she discusses themes from that book.
May 16th, 2011 12:00 PM
Joseph Coletti is Director of Health and Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation. His articles have appeared in numerous national and state publications. He has appeared on radio and television shows and has presented to national organizations. Coletti's policy contributions have had direct impact in health care, state budgets, and pension reform. Before joining the Locke Foundation, Coletti was with the U.S.-Japan Business Council in Washington, D.C., and J.D. Power and Associates in Detroit and Tokyo. In this speech, he discusses "Telling the budget story: The tools we use to spread the word."
May 10th, 2011 12:00 PM
In connection with Campbell Law School and the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, the John Locke Foundation's N.C. History Project hosted a special forum on Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. president and a Raleigh native. In the first of two featured lectures, Dr. Paul Bergeron discussed "From U.S. Senator to Impeached President: Seven Things to Know About Andrew Johnson." Bergeron is professor of history emeritus at the University of Tennessee. Bergeron was director of the Andrew Johnson Papers Project and was the editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson (Volumes 8-16).