2019 - 2020 Lecture Series

Dr. John B. Taylor

John B. Taylor, Ph.D. - October 21, 2019

"The Role of Rules-Based Monetary Policy in the Face of Increasing Deficits and a Growing National Debt"

Dr. John Taylor is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  He is widely recognized for path-breaking research in macroeconomics, monetary economics, and international economics. He is currently President of the Mont Pelerin Society and recently served on the Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance created by the G20. He served as senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1976-77, as a Member of the Council from 1989-91, and as Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs from 2001-05.

He received the Alexander Hamilton Award and the Treasury Distinguished Service Award at the US Treasury, and the Medal of the Republic of Uruguay for his work in resolving the 2002 financial crisis. He received the Truman Medal for Economic Policy for extraordinary policy contributions, the Bradley Prize for economic research and policy achievements, the Hayek Prize for his book, First Principles, and Adam Smith Awards from the National Association for Business Economics and the Association of Private Enterprise Education.

Taylor received Stanford’s Hoagland Prize and Rhodes Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the Economics Department Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. Taylor received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Princeton and a PhD in economics from Stanford.

Watch the video of Dr. Taylor's presentation here.

Burt Folsom, Jr.

Burt Folsom, Jr. - March 23, 2020

Burt Folsom is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.  He studied at Centre College before receiving his BA at Indiana University.  He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh.

He has taught at Murray State University, Northwood University, and currently holds the Charles Kline Chair in History and Management at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.

Dr. Folsom also worked for several years at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Center for the American Idea.

He has published numerous books, including Myth of the Robber Barons, now in its seventh edition, in which he explains the role of market entrepreneurs and political entrepreneurs.  His work on the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt began with New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America (Simon & Schuster, 2008), a best-selling text on FDR and the growth of government during the New Deal.  Dr. Folsom then published FDR Goes to War, which he co-authored with his wife Anita. This text shows the growth of government, loss of personal freedom, and impact of FDR’s policies before and during World War II, even while ordinary Americans met the challenges of fighting a two-ocean war.

The Folsoms have written on the failure of government subsidies in Uncle Sam Can’t Count, published on April 15, 2014 by HarperCollins.

Their latest book is Death On Hold, published in 2015 by Nelson Publishers. 

Burt’s articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Business History Review, Investor’s Business Daily, the Washington TIMES, and countless other publications.  He has made numerous television appearances on The Glenn Beck Show, FOX & Friends, and C-Span.  On talk radio, he is a frequent guest of Dennis Prager, Rusty Humphries, Michael Medved, and many others.

He and his wife Anita write for their blog at BurtFolsom.com.