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Brandt Foundation Lectures

2019 Speaker

David R. Henderson

“The Case for Free Trade”



  • When: 7 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Where: Student Union Jordan Ballroom at Boise State
  • Cost: Free and no tickets are required. No charge parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive

David R. Henderson is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and professor emeritus of economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Henderson is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (Warner Books, 2007), a book that communicates to a general audience what and how economists think. It is now online at the Library of Economics and Liberty website. He coauthored Making Great Decisions in Business and Life (2006). Henderson’s book, The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey (Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2001), has been translated into Russian. Henderson writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal and Fortune.

Born and raised in Canada, Henderson earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Winnipeg in 1970 and his doctor of philosophy in economics from UCLA in 1976.

His professional positions have been:

  • Assistant professor at the University of Rochester’s Graduate School of Management from 1975 to 1979
  • Senior policy analyst with the Cato Institute from 1979 to 1980
  • Visiting professor at the University of Santa Clara from 1980 to 1981
  • Senior economist for energy and health policy with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1982 to 1984
  • Professor of economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School from 1985 to 2017
  • John M. Olin Visiting Professor with the Center for the Study of American Business at Washington University, St. Louis in 1994

Henderson was recognized with the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School on three occasions – 2003, 2004 and 2007. In 1997, he received the Rear Admiral John Jay Schieffelin Award for excellence in teaching from the Naval Postgraduate School. In 1984, he won the Mencken Award for best investigative journalism article for his Fortune article “The Myth of MITI.”

Henderson has written for the New York Times, Barron’s, Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Public Interest, the Christian Science Monitor, National Review, the New York Daily News, the Dallas Morning News, and Reason. Henderson has also appeared on the O’Reilly Factor (Fox News), C-SPAN, CNN, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNBC Squawk Box, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and the Fox News Channel.

He has written scholarly articles for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Monetary Economics, Independent Review, Cato Journal, Regulation, Contemporary Policy Issues and Energy Journal.

Learn more at the Hoover Institution and at Henderson’s website. He blogs at Econlog the Library of Economics and Liberty.

The Brandt Foundation Lectures at Boise State University are made possible by the generosity of the John H. & Orah I. Brandt Foundation. The purpose of the Brandt Foundation Lectures is to bring noted speakers to our campus who have made important contributions to public understanding of individual liberty, free markets, limited government, and the Constitution. Beginning with the 2004 inaugural lecture by Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, the Brandt Foundation Lectures have attracted large audiences and contributed significantly to Boise State University and the larger community. The annual lectures are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Free parking is provided in marked areas on the night of the event.

The Brandt Professor

In December 2003 the Brandt Foundation established the first named professorship for a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at Boise State University, selecting Dr. Charlotte Twight to be the Brandt Professor of Free Enterprise Capitalism. As part of that professorship, the Brandt Foundation provides funding to bring important speakers to our campus annually under the auspices of the Brandt Foundation Lectures. Dr. Twight retired in Spring 2018. In 2019, the Brandt Professor of Free Enterprise Capitalism was awarded to Anne Walker.

Dr. Charlotte Twight