Previous Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecturers
The Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series brings internationally recognized scholars, practitioners, and thinkers to the UTC campus to speak on topics critical to an understanding of the market economy. The series is organized and supported by the Probasco Chair for the benefit of the University, business community, area schools, and the general public.
Robert E. Lucas Jr.
Nobel Laureate Robert E. Lucas Jr. presented "The Logic of Entitlement Reform" at the UTC University Center Auditorium. Commentary to Mr. Lucas's presentation was offered by Dr. Russell S. Sobel of The Citadel.
John A. Allison IV
The former Chairman of BB&T spoke on "The Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences" at the UTC University Center Auditorium. Commentary to Mr. Allison's presentation was offered by Dr. Bradley K. Hobbs of Florida State University.
Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom addressed the audience in the University Center Auditorium on "The Challenge of Self-Governance in Complex Contemporary Environments." Dr. Benjamin Powell of Suffolk University offered commentary on the presentation.
Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling spoke on "Managing the World's Greenhouse Problem" in UTC's University Center Auditorium. Dr. Henry Spratt of UTC's Biological & Environmental Sciences department offered commentary on the presentation.
Co-Founder and former CEO of Paypal, Peter Thiel, spoke on "Technology and the End of Politics" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Edward Stingham of San Jose State University offered commentary on Mr. Thiel's presentation.
Thomas R. Saving
Thomas R. Saving presented "Medicare: Does It Have a Future?" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Commentary on Dr. Saving's presentation was provided by Dr. Carolyn R. Thompson of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Edward C. Prescott
Nobel Laureate Edward Prescott spoke on "How to Make Everyone Better Off" at The University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Bob Lawson, Professor of Economics at Capital University
offered commentary to the Edward Prescott speech.
U.S. Ambassador Mercer Reynolds spoke at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on his extensive and distinguished professional career. Topics included entreprenship and new business ventures, fundraising, and politics.
Wally (Famous) Amos
Author and Entrepreneur Wally Amos spoke on "The Cookie Never Crumbles: Secrets of Entrepreneurial Success" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Samuel Spralls, Assistant Professor of Marketing at UT Chattanooga offered commentary to the Wally Amos speech.
Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith spoke on "Freedom, Economic, Theory and Experiment" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. David E. R. Gay, Professor of Economics, University of Arkansas, offered commentary to the Vernon Smith speech.
Congressman Van Hilleary spoke on "The Economic Competitiveness of Tennessee in the 21st Century" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, Professor of Economics at UTC, critiqued Congressman Hilleary's speech.
Ward Connerly spoke on "Affirmative Action" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Vicki Petzko, UC Foundation Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, critiqued Mr. Connerly's speech.
Nationally syndicated columnist, Dr. Walter Williams spoke on "The Role of Government in a Free Society." Dr. Charles Baird, Professor of Economics and Director of The Smith Center for Private Enterprise Education, critiqued Dr. Williams' presentation
Publisher Steve Forbes presented his perspective on the question, "What's Next for the Economy?" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Dwight Lee, from The University of Georgia, responded with a counter discussion on Forbes' speech.
Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General Edwin Meese spoke on "Capitalism & Civil Society: Conflict, Coexistence or Concord?" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A commentary was provided by Charles Goetz, Hartsfield Distinguished Professor of Law, and John Stophel Esq. of Stophel & Stophel on Meese's speech.
Nobel Laureate James Buchanan evaluated the success of the Clinton Administration in regard to the 1993 tax increases and their prospect for deficit reduction. International issues were also assessed in regard to Japan-U.S. trade relations and the exchange value of the dollar. In the field of monetary policy, the relationship between President Clinton and Alan Greenspan was analyzed as well as future prospects for interest rates.