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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 or click the YouTube links.

2022 Speaker

Steven H. Hanke “Looking for Inflation in All the Wrong Places” – November 7, 2022

Watch the Hanke lecture on YouTube.

2021 Speaker

Tyler Cowen “Big Business Lessons from the Pandemic” – November 1, 2021

Watch the Cowen lecture on YouTube.

2019 Speaker

David R. Henderson “The Case for Free Trade” – November 4, 2019

Watch the Henderson lecture on YouTube.

2018 Speaker

William J. Luther “Is Bitcoin a Bubble” – November 12, 2018

Watch the Luther lecture on YouTube.

2017 Speaker

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

Watch the Brennan lecture on YouTube.

2016 Speaker

MATT RIDLEY, author, columnist

“How Prosperity Evolves” – November 14, 2016

Watch the Ridley lecture on YouTube.

2014 Speaker

JOHN A. ALLISON, Cato Institute President and CEO

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

2013 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


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.


DR. ROBERT A. LEVY, Cato Institute

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


PROFESSOR RANDY E. BARNETT, Georgetown University Law Center

“Restoring The Lost Constitution” – October 28, 2010


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

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


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

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


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

“The Constitution in Exile” – September 24, 2007


DR. WILLLIAM A. NISKANEN, Chairman, Cato Institute

“Constitutional Anarchy in America” – October 16, 2006


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

“Freedom and Its Enemies” – February 6, 2006


PROFESSOR JAMES M. BUCHANAN, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Economics

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