Previous Speakers

Interested in viewing past Brandt Foundation Lectures? Video recordings of previous Brandt Foundation Lectures are now available for viewing at Boise State University’s Albertsons Library.

2017-2018 Speaker

Jason Brennan “Why Not Capitalism?” – November 6, 2017

2016-2017 Speaker

MATT RIDLEY, author, columnist

“How Prosperity Evolves” – November 14, 2016

Watch Ridley’s lecture on YouTube.

2014-2015 Speaker

JOHN A. ALLISON, Cato Institute President and CEO

“The Philosophic Fight for the Future of America.” – September 29, 2014

2013-2014 Speaker

PROFESSOR RICHARD A. EPSTEIN, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
“Putting the Limits Back in Limited Government” – October 14, 2013

2012-2013 Academic Year

Due to travel restrictions related to Hurricane Sandy, the Brandt Foundation Lecture planned for November 1, 2012, had to be canceled at the last minute. Constitutional law professor Richard A. Epstein was scheduled to speak but was unable to travel to Boise from his home in New York City. Fortunately, he agreed to reschedule his visit for 2013.

2011-2012 Academic Year

DR. ROBERT A. LEVY, Cato Institute

“How the Supreme Court Has Subverted the Constitution” ~ October 3, 2011

2010-2011 Academic Year

PROFESSOR RANDY E. BARNETT, Georgetown University Law Center

“Restoring The Lost Constitution” ~ October 28, 2010

2009-2010 Academic Year

THE HONORABLE DAVID M. WALKER, Former U.S. Comptroller General

“Day of Reckoning: America’s Fiscal Future” ~ October 19, 2009

2008-2009 Academic Year

DR. ROBERT HIGGS, Senior Fellow in Political Economy,
The Independent Institute

“The Perilous Path to Unlimited Government” ~ September 29, 2008

2007-2008 Academic Year

JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News Channel

“The Constitution in Exile” ~ September 24, 2007

2006-2007 Academic Year

DR. WILLLIAM A. NISKANEN, Chairman, Cato Institute

“Constitutional Anarchy in America” ~ October 16, 2006

2005-2006 Academic Year

JOHN STOSSEL, ABC News ‘20/20’ Co-Anchor/Correspondent

“Freedom and Its Enemies” ~ February 6, 2006

2004-2005 Academic Year

PROFESSOR JAMES M. BUCHANAN, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Economics

“Afraid to be Free: Dependence as Desideratum” ~ November 10, 2004