Past Events

Past Speakers

BB&T Economic Freedom Lecture: Dr. Mark Perry, Will An 'America First' Trade Policy Make America Great Again?

Dr. Perry, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan - Flint and a scholar and blogger with the American Enterprise Institute, will discuss international trade and economic nationalism in a global economy.

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30pm

Where: 129 Bibb Graves Hall

Dr. David Henderson, How Economists Helped End The Draft

Dr. Henderson, Professor Emeritus at the Naval Postgraduate School and a scholar with the Hoover Institute, will discuss the economics of the military draft and how economists helped end the draft under President Nixon in 1973.  Dr. Henderson's talk is sponsored by a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies.

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5pm

Where: 129 Bibb Graves Hall

The Costs of Occupational Licensing in Alabama

The Johnson Center and the Alabama Policy Institute are hosting a forum on occupational licensing featuring Dr. Edward Timmons of the Knee Center for Occupational Regulation at St. Francis University and the Johnson Center's Dr. Dan Smith and Courtney Joslin presenting findings from their new study.

When: Tuesday, March 6 2018, 9am

Where: Civic Room, Whitney Hall, Montgomery Campus

A Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar

The Johnson Center is hosting a weekend seminar on "The Unintended Consequences of Regulation" sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and the John Templeton Foundation on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.

A Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar 

Date: Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM 

Location: Troy University Patterson Hall Room 103

Dr. Emily C. Skarbek

Date: February 21st, 2017

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: BGH 107

Dr. Emily Skarbek is a Lecturer in Political Economy at Kings College London.  Her research examines the role of voluntary associations in solving complex public goods problems after natural disasters.  In 2014, she won the Gordon Tullock Prize from the Public Choice Society for her work on the Chicago fire of 1871.

Dr. David B. Skarbek

Date: February 21st, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: BGH 129

Dr. David Skarbek is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at Kings College London.  His research explains the operation of informal institutions within prisons globally.  His book, The Social Order of the Underworldwas awarded the William H. Riker Book Award in Political Economy from the American Political Science Association.

Dr. Michael C. Munger

Date: February 7th, 2017

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Bibb Graves 129

Dr. Munger is the Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at Duke University.  He is the author of over 150 publications in scholarly journals and popular publications and is the author of seven books.

Dr. Roger Pilon Academic Freedom Lecture and Panel

Dr. Pilon is the founder and director of Cato's Center for Constitutional Studies. He is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The Fund for American Studies. Dr. Pilon will be giving a public lecture on the importance of academic freedom and free speech on college campuses. Following the lecture, Dr. Pilon will join a panel of Troy University faculty and students to discuss protecting and preserving academic freedom and free speech at Troy University.

Read Dr. Pilon's speech

Dr. Dean Stansel Public Lectures - February 25th and 26th 

Dr. Stansel is a Research Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University's O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom in the Cox School of Business. Dr. Stansel is the primary author of the Economic Freedom of North America Report. He gave a public lecture at the Troy University Troy and Dothan campuses on the Economic Freedom of North America 2015 Annual Report.

Liberty in North Korea - November 16th, 2015

Representatives from Liberty in North Korea shared  the realities of living in North Korea. 

Dr. Michael D. Makowsky Public Lecture - October 20th, 2015

Dr. Makowsky, an Assistant Professor of Economics at the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University, gave a public lecture on his research on the economics of law enforcement. 

Undergraduate Research Conference on Liberty and the American Tradition - April 16th - 17th, 2015

An interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference was hosted on Liberty and the American Tradition for 12 undergraduate students from around the nation. 

Lawrence W. Reed Public Lecture - April 17th, 2015

Online Video

Lawrence W. Reed is the President of the Foundation for Economic Education. He is the author of five books, including A Republic-If We Can Keep It and Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty. Mr. Reed lecture will take a look at how the first 25 presidents saw the role of government in alleviating poverty.  

Dr. Burt W. Folsom Public Lecture - April 16th, 2015

Online Video

Burt W. Folsom is a professor of history at Hillsdale College and the historian-in-residence at the Foundation for Economic Education. He is the author of several books, including The Myth of the Robber BaronsNew Deal or Raw Deal: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, and FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America.

Dr. William J. Luther Public Lecture - March 5th, 2015

Dr. William J. Luther is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Kenyon College and a Fellow with the Atlas Network and its Sound Money Project. Dr. Luther gave a public lecture on "Will Bitcoin Survive?" 

High School Economics Summit - February 10th, 2015

We invited AP and Honors Economics classes to participate in our High School  Economics Summit. The highlight of the summit was the address from Jason Riley. 

Jason Riley Public Lecture - February 10th, 2015

Jason Riley, an Editorial Board Member of The Wall Street Journal and a Fox News contributor, gave a talk based on his recent book, Please Stop Helping Us. He discussed why so many liberal efforts, such as welfare programs, unions, and the minimum wage, intended to help the black underclass, have not only failed, but made it harder for blacks to succeed.

Full video of Mr. Jason Riley's lecture

Philanthropy and the Economic Way of Thinking Conference - November 6th - 8th, 2014

The Philanthropic Enterprise and the Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University held a conference on “Philanthropy and the Economic Way of Thinking.”  The goal of this conference was to deepen our understanding of the relationships among philanthropic enterprises, the economy, and public policy. The keynote address, "Empowering, Not Enfeebling: Beyond the 'Market v. State' Dichotomy" was delivered by Dr. Michael C. Munger, a professor of political science, public policy, and economics at Duke University. 

Dr. Edward Lopez - October 15th, 2014

Dr. Lopez is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University. He discussed his new book, coauthored with Wayne A. Leighton, Madmen, Intellectuals, & Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change.

Picture of Edward Lopez delivering his speech in the Sorrell College of Business

Dr. Diana Thomas - April 28, 2014

Dr. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Dr. Thomas gave a talk entitled, "Regressive Effects of Regulation: How Regulation Can Harm the Poor". 

Picture of Dr. Diana Thomas delivering a lecture for the Johnson Center

Dr. N. Gregory Mankiw - April 3, 2014

Dr. Mankiw is the Chairman and Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He served as the Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2003-2005. 

Dr. Gregory Mankiw

Dr. Derek Yonai - February 20, 2014

Dr. Yonai is the Director of the Center for Free Enterprise and Professor of Economics at Florida Southern College. Dr. Yonai's lecture was entitled, "The Need for Free Enterprise in Business Education"  

Dr. Derek Yonai

Dr. William Ruger - November 18, 2013

Dr. William Ruger is an assistant professor in the political science department at Texas State University. He is a co-author on the “Freedom in the 50 States” project, and he has also contributed to the biography, Milton Friedman and The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and PolicyDr. Ruger earned an AB from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in politics from Brandeis University. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Dr. William Ruger

Dr. Ben Powell - September 5, 2013 

Dr. Ben Powell senior fellow at The Independent Institue, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and former President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. 

Dr. Ben Powell presenting at Troy University

IHS Weekend Seminar at Troy University - March 1-2, 2013

Troy University hosted an Institute for Humane Studies 'Does Freedom Matter?' weekend seminar. Speakers included Dr. Daniel J. D'Amico (Assistant Professor of Economics, Loyola University), Art Carden (Assistant Professor of Economics, Samford University), Charlie Thompson (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Mercer University), and Trevor Burrus (Research Fellow, Cato Institute). 

IHS Weekend 2013 presentation at Troy University

Mr. Steve Moore - January 23, 2013

Mr. Moore is an editorial board member and senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Steve Moore presenting at Troy University

Dr. Peter Boettke - Friday, November 9, 2012

Dr. Peter Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Dr. Boettke presented a lecture on his latest book, Living Economics.

Dr. Peter Boettke

Dr. Claudia Williamson - Friday, September 14, 2012

Dr. Claudia Williamson is an assistant professor of economics at Mississippi State University and earned her PhD from West Virginia University. Her research focuses on applied microeconomics, the political economy of development, and the effectiveness of development policies, such as foreign aid.

Dr. Claudia Williamson presenting at Troy University

Dr. James Stacey Taylor - Monday, April 23, 2012

Dr. James Taylor is a a professor of philosophy at the College of New Jersey. He earned his PhD from Bowling Green University. Taylor also works in an area of ethics which seeks to apply moral and ethical lessons from philosophy to real world questions. For instance, his work on autonomy helps physicians understand when patients' decisions about their own care are truly their own and ought to be respected.

Dr. James Stacey Taylor at Troy University

Mr. John Stossel Reception, Lecture, and Book Signing - Friday, April 13, 2012

Mr. John Stossel joined Fox Business Network in 2009. His show 'Stossel' airs Thursdays at 10 PM ET and midnight. He hosts “Stossel,” a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint. Stossel also appears regularly on Fox News Channel providing signature analysis.

John Stossel

IHS Weekend Exploring Liberty at Troy University - March 2-3, 2012

Troy University hosted an Institute for Humane Studies Weekend Exploring Liberty. Dr. David Beito (Professor of History, University of Alabama), Mr. Clark Neily (Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice), and Andrew I. Cohen (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University) were the lecturers for the weekend. 

Andrew Cohen

David Beito

Dr. Arthur Brooks - Friday, February 10, 2012

Dr. Arthur Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the author of "The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future." 

Dr. Arthur Brooks speaking at Troy University

Mr. Lawrence Reed - January 19, 2012

Mr. Lawrence Reed is the President of the Foundation for Economic Education—one of the oldest and most respected economics institutes in America and publisher of the journal, The Freeman, for which he writes a column entitled “Ideas and Consequences.” Reed holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. Reed also sits on the Academic Advisory Council for the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University.

Image of Mr. Lawrence Reed during his presentation at Troy University

Dr. Robert Lawson - October 27th, 2011

Dr. Lawson spoke about the economic freedom index, which he and his co-auothers developed as a way measure economic freedom among different countries in the world. Economic freedom has been shown in numerous peer-reviewed studies to promote prosperity and other positive outcomes.

Picture of Dr. Robert Lawson

Mr. John Allison - September 29, 2011

Just under 300 students and community members filled the seats in the Adams Center Performing Arts Theatre to hear chairman and former CEO of BB&T, John Allison, speak about the causes of the recent financial crisis. BB&T operates more than 1,850 in the United States and employees over 31,000 workers. Mr. Allison cites excessive government regulations as the root problem in the banking industry.

Picture of Mr. John Allison during his presentation at Troy University