Big Boat  THE SMITH CENTER  for Private Enterprise Studies

Calendar of Events

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Note: All speaker events will be held at 2pm in the Library's Biella Room.

Fall of 2014 to Spring of 2015


October 22, 2014

Neal McCluskey , Cato Institute

“Student Loans: Cure or Curse?”

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November 12, 2014

Michael C. Maibach, Aspen Institute

“The Virtues of Commerce & Our Commercial Republic”

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December 3, 2014

Burt Houtz, Leadership with Health

“The Role of the Private Sector in Global Health”

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January 28, 2015

Gary Galles, Pepperdine University

“Faulty Premises, Faulty Policies”

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February 18, 2015

James R. Otteson, Wake Forest University

“Adam Smith on Justice and Social Justice”

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March 4, 2015

John Cochran, University of Chicago

“After the ACA:  Freeing the Market for Health Care”

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May 6, 2015

Ben Powell, Texas Tech University

“Sweatshops: Improving Lives and Economic Growth”

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May 13, 2015

S. M. Amadae, Ohio State University

“Classical Liberalism versus Neoliberalism”

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Fall of 2013 to Spring of 2014


October 16, 2013 - 2pm

Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute

"How to Achieve Affordable, Accessible, Quality Health Care in America"

Speaker Information at: Vita

Event Located in Old UU 102


November 20, 2013 - 2pm

Tsvet Tsonevski, Foundation for Economic Education

“Why Socialism Fails”

"Tsvetelin Tsonevski joined FEE in April 2010 as editor of Prior to that Tsvet worked at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Institute for Humane Studies. He began his career as a legal counsel at the Bulgarian Customs Agency. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Institute for Market Economics and writes a weekly column for the Institute for Radical Capitalism in Bulgaria. Tsvet is the editor of the first edition of Ludwig von Mises's Human Action in Bulgarian. Tsvet holds a law degree from Bulgaria and LL.M. in Law and Economics from George Mason School of Law."

Event Located in Old UU 311


December 4, 2013 - 2pm

Mimi Steel, SF Bay Area Citizens Alliance for Property Rights

“Private Property: How Politicians and Planners Are Killing the American Dream”

Mimi Steel grew up in Pennsylvania, lived all over the US, England and Germany.  She moved to Silicon Valley in 1981 to work in the high tech industry and make her fortune.  She is still working.  In 2009, she was inspired by Glenn Beck to start the SFBay 912 Project.  Research in the area of private property rights and Agenda 21 led her to the realization that the Bay Area is ground zero in the assault on property rights.  After over 1 year of trying, she got through to Glenn Beck’s staff on AG21 which resulted in 2 articles in the Blaze on that topic plus an expose by Glenn Beck on his June 15 TV show.  She serves on the National 912 Advisory Committee, the National 912 Marketing Subcommittee, and the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Conservative Forum and as the organizer for SFBay 912.  On July 4, 2011, the 235th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Mimi formed a group called Citizens for Sustainable Liberty. 

Mimi served in the US Air Force for 8 years as a Captain in Telecommunications.  As an Air Force officer, she took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.  That oath does not have an expiration date.  What better way to honor the oath as a civilian, than to defend the right to property guaranteed in the Constitution against the illegal encroachment of government and NGOs under the deceptive guise of “Smart Growth” and “Sustainability”.

Mimi has a BA from Grinnell College in Math and Psychology, an MS in Math Education, and an MBA in Marketing.  She is a private pilot and a serious competitor in dog agility with MECO, the Australian Shepherd.  As a team they hold 12 titles in AKC

Event Located in Old UU 311


January 29, 2014 - 2pm

David Levinson, University of Minnesota

"Enterprising Roads and Transit"

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Event Located in Old UU 311


February 19, 2014 - 2pm

Professor Randy T Simmons, Utah State University

“Property and Markets in Elmer Kelton Novels”

Randy T. Simmons received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1980. He is the Charles G. Koch Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Institute of Political Economy in the department of economics and finance at Utah State University. Previously he was head of the department of political science at Utah State University. Simmons offers a unique view of political economy having been trained in public choice and having spent ten years in city government, four of them as mayor. Simmons is a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center as well as the Independent Institute. His book, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure (2nd edition, 2012) is a primer on public choice theory and practice. His 2012 co-authored book Green vs. Green examines how local green activists use green ordinances to stop green energy development a kind of green government failure. His co-edited book Aquanomics: Water Markets and the Environment (2011) how water markets are far superior to government water regulations and controls.

Event Located in Old UU 311


March 5, 2014 - 2pm

Professor Adam Hoffer, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

"Sin Tax' Costs Outweigh Benefits"

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Event Located in Old UU 311


April 30, 2014 - 2pm

Professor Ivan Pongracic, Hillsdale College

"Pitfalls of the Regulated Society"

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Event Located in Old UU 311


May 28, 2014 - 2pm

Professor William N. Butos, Trinity College

"Hayekian Perspective on Government and Science"

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Event Located in UU Multi-Purpose Rm A





Fall of 2012 to Spring of 2013


October 10, 2012 - 2pm

Charles Baird, California State University, East Bay

“American Unionism and Freedom of Association”

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Event Located in Old UU 102


November 14, 2012 - 2pm

Randal O'Toole, Cato Institute

Gridlock: Why We're Stuck In Traffic and What to Do About It

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Event Located in Old UU 311


December 5, 2012 - 2pm

Jonathan Williams, American Legislative Exchange Council

Rich States, Poor States

Jonathan Williams is the director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he works with state policymakers, congressional leaders, and members of the private sector to develop fiscal policy solutions for the states. Prior to joining ALEC, Williams served as staff economist at the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, authoring numerous tax policy studies. Along with his co-authors, Dr. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore, Williams created the annual, award winning publication, Rich States, Poor States. His work has appeared in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has written for the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Williams is a contributing author of “In Defense of Capitalism” (Northwood University Press). Williams has testified before numerous legislative bodies and spoken to audiences across America. He is a frequent guest on talk radio shows and has appeared on numerous television outlets, including the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Fox Business News. Williams was also the recipient of the prestigious Ludwig von Mises Award in Economics.

Event Located in Old UU 311


January 30, 2013 - 2pm

Vicki Alger, Independent Women's Forum

“School Choice”

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Event Located in Old UU 311


February 20, 2013 - 2pm

Roger Garrison, Auburn University

“The Anatomy of Boom and Bust: Hayek was Right”

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Event Located in Old UU 102


March 13, 2013 - 2pm

Todd Zywicki, George Mason University

“The Not-So-Good-Old-Days of Consumer Credit”

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Event Located in Old UU 311


April 24, 2013 - 2pm

Victor Matheson, College of the Holy Cross

“Stadiums, Mega Events, and Public Finance Follies”

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Event Located in Old UU 311


May 29, 2013 - 2pm

Leo Kahane, Providence College

“State Gun Laws and the Interstate Export of Crime Guns”

Speaker Information at: Link to CV

Event Located in Old UU 311



Fall of 2011 to Spring of 2012


October 5, 2011 - 2pm

Nathan Ashby, University of Texas at El Paso

“Immigration and Economic Freedom”

Event Located in Old UU 311


November 9, 2011 - 2pm

Fred Foldvary, Santa Clara University

“How Geo-Austrian Cycle Theory Predicts the Next Great Economic Crash”

Event Located in Old UU 311


January 18, 2012 - 2pm

David R. Henderson, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey

“Seven Myths about Free Markets”

Event Located in Old UU 311


February 15, 2012 - 2pm

Gary Galles, Pepperdine University

“Recognizing What Isn’t There”

Event Located in Old UU 311


March 7, 2012 - 2pm

Edward J. Lopez, San Jose State University

“The (Ab)use of Takings for Economic Development”

Event Located in Old UU 311


April 4, 2012 - 2pm

David J. Theroux, The Independent Institute

“Free Market Alternatives to Leviathan”

Event Located in Old UU 311



April 25, 2012 - 2pm

Peter G. Klein, University of Missouri

"Entrepreneurship and the Firm"

Event Located in Old UU 311


May 30, 2012 - 2pm

Sanford Ikeda, State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase

“Preservation at the Expense of Liberty”

Event Located in Old UU 311


Fall of 2010 to Spring of 2011


October 13, 2010 - 2pm

John Lott, University of Maryland, College Park

“More Guns, Less Crime”

Event Located in Old UU 311


November 10, 2010 - 2pm

Art Carden, Rhodes College

“Waltonomics: Walmart and Society”

Event Located in Old UU 311


December 1, 2010 - 2pm

Rich Stowell, University of San Francisco

“A Well-Regulated Militia: The Power of the Volunteer American Military”

Event Located in Old UU 311


January 26, 2011 - 2pm

James E. MacDougald, President, The Free Enterprise Nation

Unsustainable: How Big Government, Taxes and Debt are Wrecking America

Event Located in Old UU 311


February 9, 2011 - 2pm

P. J. Hill, Wheaton College

“The Morality of Markets”

Event Located in Old UU 311


February 23, 2011 - 5-8pm


Featuring: Dr. Strangelove

New University Union Multipurpose Room A



March 9, 2011 - 2pm

Joshua Hall, Beloit College

"The Economic Freedom of the World Index"

Event Located in Old UU 311


April 13, 2011 - 2pm

Glen Whitman, California State University, Northridge

“Behavioral Economics and the New Paternalism”

Event Located in Old UU 311


May 11, 2011 - 2pm

Joseph Salerno, Pace University

"An Austrian View of the Financial Crisis and the Prospects for Recovery"

Event Located in Old UU 311





Fall of 2009 to Spring of 2010


October 14, 2009 - 2pm

Stephen Hicks, The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, Rockford College

“Is Capitalism Bad for Art?”

Event Located in Old UU 311

November 18, 2009 - 2pm

Charles Kroncke, Dean of Business, and Ronald White, Professor of Philosophy, College of Mount Saint Joseph,

"The Modern Health Care Maze." 

Event Located in Old UU 311

January 27, 2010 - 2pm

Michele Boldrin, Washington University in St. Louis

“Against Intellectual Monopoly” 

Event Located in Old UU 311

February 10, 2010 - 2pm

Ed Leamer, U.C.L.A.

"Housing and the Recovery"

Event Located in the Library's Biella Room


February 18, 2010 - 2pm

Movie Night! Starting 6pm! - Showing "Broke: The American Dream"

Event Located in Old UU 311

March 10, 2010 - 2pm

William Shughart, University of Mississippi

"The Standard Oil Case 100 Years Later"

Event Located in Old UU 311

April 21, 2010 - 2pm

James S. Taylor, The College of New Jersey

“Why Organ Markets Should be Legalized” 

Event Located in Old UU 311

May 26, 2010 - 2pm

Daniel K. Benjamin, Clemson University

"Recycling: The Good, The Bad and (Sometimes) The Ugly"

Event Located in Old UU 311


Fall of 2008 to Spring of 2009

October 22, 2008

Gerald P. O'Driscoll, Senior Fellow Cato Institute, former V.P. of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

“Monetary policy and the Current Crisis”

November 5, 2008

Tim Sandefur, Pacific Legal Foundation

“The Right to Earn a Living” 

December 3, 2008

Matthew Ladner, Foldwater Institute

“Demography is not Destiny in Education” 

January 21, 2009

Ben Zycher, Manhatten Institute

“Private Sector Contributions to Pharmaceutical Science” 

February 24, 2009

Movie Night! Starting 6pm!

February 11, 2009

Gary Galles, Pepperdine University

"Defending Libert is Worth the Abuse"

April 29, 2009

Evam Osborne

“Commerce is Beautiful” 

May 20, 2009

Marius Schwartz, Georgetown University

"Net Neutrality"


Winter and Spring quarters of 2008


January 16, 2008

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Professor of Economics and History at SJSU

“A Greenspan Retrospective: Why Everyone has Gotten it Wrong”

Febuary 6, 2008

John Lott, Senior Research Scholar, University of Maryland

“Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't” 

March 5, 2008

Robert Higgs, Editor The Independent Review

“The myth of war prosperity” 

April 23, 2008

Rodney Fort, University of Michigan

“Tradeoffs Inherent in Public Subsidies of Professional Sports” 

May 14, 2008

Charles W. Baird, CSU East Bay, emeritus

"Abuse of Language in Politics"




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Parking Tips: Permits available in lots C, G &K for $10.00. Lot C is the closest to the UU, but is often full. The next best lot is G.