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Dr. Racheter is the Founder and current President of the Public Interest Institute in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He has over 20 years teaching experience in American political economy and philosophy. Having used Free to Choose in the classroom throughout his teaching career, Don offers his services to speak on the legacy of Milton Friedman.
Lawrence Reed is currently the President of the Foundation for Economic Education, after serving as President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for its first two decades. He has served on the Boards of Directors of many libertarian think tanks and has delivered more than 1,000 speeches worldwide on the topics of liberty. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, Reed has an extensive history of spreading the ideas of freedom, and has made himself available to discuss the legacy of Milton Friedman on the world.
Russell Roberts is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of economics and the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His latest book is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is also the author of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (MIT Press, 2002) and The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (Prentice Hall, 3rd edition, 2006). Roberts is the host of the weekly podcast, EconTalk, hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Roberts is associate editor and a founding advisory board member for the Library of Economics and Liberty, an on-line resource for economics research and education (www.econlib.org). He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. A three-time teacher of the year, Roberts has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a national fellow and visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution from 1985 to 1987. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Paul Rubin is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics at Emory University, Editor of Managerial and Decision Economics, and President-Elect of the Southern Economic Association. He is associated with the Technology Policy Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Independent Institute. Dr. Rubin has been a Senior Economist at President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, and has held senior positions U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and has been a consultant. He has taught economics at Emory, the University of Georgia, City University of New York, VPI, and George Washington University Law School. Dr. Rubin has written or edited eleven books, and published over two hundred and fifty articles and chapters on economics, law, regulation, and evolution in professional journals. He frequently contributes to The Wall Street Journal. His work has been cited in the professional literature over 5900 times. He has addressed numerous business, professional, policy, government and academic audiences. Dr. Rubin received his BA from the University of Cincinnati in 1963 and his PhD from Purdue University in 1970.
Michael Sanera is Director of Research and Local Government Studies at the John Locke Foundation. He served as a policy analyst for the Washington, DC based The Heritage Foundation, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the California based Claremont Institute. In the early 1990s, Sanera was the founding president of the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, a state-based think tank studying Arizona public policies. At that time, the Goldwater Institute laid the groundwork for Arizona’s first-in-the-nation school reforms, including its innovative charter school legislation. On Milton Friedman he says "Capitalism and Freedom is one of three books that influenced me and a generation."
Ken Schoolland is presently an Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science at Hawaii Pacific University. He is an economist, academic, author, and political commentator. Schoolland is also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Individual Liberty, and a Sam Walton Fellow for Students in Free Enterprise. He is author of the “Free Market Odyssey” Jonathan Gullible teaching the ideas of liberty in a simple form. Schoolland studied Political Science at American University and earned his Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Parth J Shah is President of the Centre for Civil Society, a think tank for public policy solutions within a classical liberal framework. After his PhD in economics from Auburn University, he taught at the University of Michigan at Dearborn before starting CCS in Delhi, India. Parth's research and advocacy work centers on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property right approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He has conceptualised and organised liberal educational programs for the Indian youth including Liberty & Society Seminars, Jeevika Livelihood Documentary Competition, and Researching Reality Internship Program. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations Have Social Responsibility? and co-edited Law, Liberty & Livelihood: Making a Living on the Street; Terracotta Reader: A Market Approach to the Environment; BR Shenoy: Theoretical Vision and BR Shenoy: Economic Prophecies and Agenda for Change.
Aeon J. Skoble is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Bridgewater State University, in Southeastern Massachusetts. A native New Yorker, he graduated from St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, then went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s and Doctorate from Temple University. His main research interests in moral and political philosophy include theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, virtue ethics, classical theories of happiness, and theories of legal interpretation. He is the co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections (Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights (Lexington Books, 2011), editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2008), and author of Deleting the State: An Argument About Government (Open Court, 2006), as well as many essays in both scholarly and popular journals. In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, and was co-editor of the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000).
Daniel J. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and an adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He has published a variety of academic journals, book chapters, and public policy pieces. He received his PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 2011, where he also received the Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Essay Prize and was the Oloffson Weaver Fellow of Political Economy. Daniel graduated from Northwood University in 2007 with a BBA in Economics and received the Arthur Turner Award, the university's highest honor, as well as the Ludwig von Mises Award, the economic department's highest honor. His website is www.danieljosephsmith.com.
Fred Smith is an expert in the advancement of capitalism. The President and Founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute since 1984, Mr. Smith combines intellectual and strategic analysis of complex policy issues ranging from the environment to corporate governance with an informative and entertaining presentation style. He is also a frequent guest on national television and radio programs to discuss and debate regulatory initiatives and topical policy issues. Currently, he sits on the Institute Turgot in Belgium. Mr. Smith holds a BS degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Political Science from Tulane University where he earned the Arts and Sciences Medal (Tulane’s highest academic award) and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Edward P. Stringham is the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Professor for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise at Fayetteville State University. He is editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of four dozen refereed articles and book chapters. Stringham has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Headline News, NPR, and MTV.
Michael Strong is the CEO of Freedom Light Our World (FLOW), co-founded with John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. Michael is also the co-founder of The Free Cities Institute, through which he promotes Milton Friedman's idea of eliminating poverty by creating "Hong Kongs" around the world. Prior to founding FLOW, he spent fifteen years as an educational entrepreneur, including creating a charter school ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. He did his dissertation work at the University of Chicago under economics Nobel laureate Gary Becker, whom Friedman once described as "the best student I ever had." He is the lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems, co-authored with John Mackey, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammad Yunus, and Hernando de Soto; and author of The Mystery of Capital and others.
James Tooley is director of the E. G. West Centre at Newcastle University and he has held a number of teaching & research posts around the world. His book The Beautiful Tree (Penguin, New Delhi) was on the best-seller lists in India in 2010, and won the 2010 Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize. It builds on his ground-breaking research on private education for the poor in India, China and Africa, for which he was awarded gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition. He was founding president of the Education Fund, Orient Global, living in Hyderabad, India for two years, where he created a chain of low cost private schools. Since then he has helped set up educational companies in China and Ghana, with a further company in India. His work featured in an American PBS documentary, where it was profiled alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus and Grameen Bank. It also featured in a documentary for BBC World and on BBC Newsnight. He has been described in the pages of Philanthropy magazine as “a 21st century Indiana Jones” travelling to “the remotest regions on Earth researching something that many regard as mythical: private, parent-funded schools serving the Third World poor.”
Jacob Vigdor is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Duke University, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He is the author of From Immigrants to Americans: the Rise and Fall of Fitting In (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), which advocates the application of market principles in the immigration policy debate. He has also written numerous scholarly articles on public education and housing markets, and popular pieces in outlets including The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Daily News. Vigdor received a BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell in 1994 and a PhD in economics from Harvard in 1999.
Mario Villarreal, a former Fulbright fellow, is a professor and Research Chair in Strategic Intelligence at the Public Policy Graduate School at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His professional experience includes numerous research and consulting projects for both the private and public sectors, particularly on issues of regulation, industrial organization, and the provision of public goods. In 2005, he received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. When he is not thinking about economics and politics, you can find him at the nearest soccer field, playing the real foot-ball game.
Magatte Wade, born in Senegal, educated in France, launched her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay area. She is fluent, and conducts business, in Wolof, French, and English. Magatte’s first company, Adina World Beverages, was founded in her home kitchen and was originally based on indigenous Senegalese beverage recipes using organic ingredients. The company has attracted talent from beverage industry leaders, and is now carried in major national retailers across the U.S. As a consequence, Adina is the most widely distributed U.S. consumer brand founded by an African entrepreneur. Magatte recently launched her second company, The Tiossano Tribe, which produces and retails luxury organic skin-care products. Her products can be found at high-end specialty boutiques and at www.tiossano.com. She also serves on the board of the SEED Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development), a private school in Senegal that prepares Senegalese athletes to succeed academically and athletically on basketball scholarships in the NCAA. She writes for The Huffington Post, Barron’s, and other publications. The World Economic Forum named her one of their Young Global Leaders for 2011 and Forbes named her one of the "20 Youngest Power Women in Africa" in 2011. She blogs at www.magatte.wordpress.com and at www.tiossano.com/blog.
Ben J. Wattenberg is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the moderator of the weekly PBS television program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. His most recent major project was The First Measured Century, an effort to understand, explain and dramatize American life through the lens of social and economic data. Wattenberg is the author of eight additional books, including Values Matter Most (1995), The First Universal Nation (1991), The Birth Dearth (1987), The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong (1984), The Real America (1974), and co-author with Richard M. Scammon of The Real Majority (1970), considered the best-selling "bible" of the 1970 and 1972 elections, This U.S.A. (1965) and a novel, Against All Enemies, co-authored with Ervin Duggan. Ben J. Wattenberg graduated from Hobart College in 1955, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hobart in 1975.
Lawrence H. White, best known for his work on free-market monetary systems, is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years (Cambridge University Press, 2012), a book in which Milton Friedman’s contributions play a prominent role. Dr. White is also author of The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999); Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995), and Competition and Currency (NYU Press, 1989). His popular writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, on Forbes.com, and elsewhere.
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