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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.

Fall 2013


Robert E. Lucas Jr.

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.

Fall 2012


John A. Allison

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.

Fall 2011


Nobel Laureate Peter Diamond

Peter Diamond

Nobel Laureate Peter Diamond presented "Markets and Government" at the UTC University Center Auditorium. Dr. Dwight R. Lee of Southern Methodist University offered commentary on the presentation.

Fall 2010


Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom

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.

Fall 2009


Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

Constitutional attorney Ann Coulter spoke on "Evaluating the Change in American Government" in UTC's Roland Hayes Concert Hall. Dr. Rebecca Jones of UTC's English department offered commentary on the presentation.

Fall 2008


Thomas Schelling

Thomas Schelling

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.

Mart Laar

Mart Laar

Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar presented "The Power of Freedom: The Estonian Case" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Dr. Richard Wilson of UTC's Political Science department served as commentator.

Fall 2007


Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

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.

Fall 2006


Thomas R. Saving

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.

Fall 2005


Nobel Laureate Edward C. Prescott

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.

 

Mercer Reynolds

Mercer Reynolds

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.

Fall 2004


Wally Amos

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.

Fall 2003


Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith

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. 

Fall 2002


Van Hilleary

Van Hilleary

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.  

Fall 2001


Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez spoke on "Affirmative Action" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Tim Chavez, columnist and reporter for the Nashville Tennessean, was the commentator for Ms. Chavez's presentation.

 

Ward Connerly

Ward Connerly

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.

Fall 2000


Walter Williams

Walter Williams

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

Fall 1999


John Stossel

John Stossel

John Stossel spoke on "Pandering to Fear: The Media's Crisis Mentality" at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Mr. Joe Decosimo, Chairman - UC Foundation, offered a response to Mr. Stossell's speech.

Fall 1998


Vice President Dan Quayle

Dan Quayle

U.S. Vice President  Dan Quayle spoke on "American Competitiveness" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Dr. James C. Miller III offered a response to the former Vice President's speech.

Fall 1997


Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes

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.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell, of the Hoover Institute, spoke on "The Vision of the Anointed" at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  A commentary was provided by Howard Roddy on Sowell's speech.

Fall 1996


Edwin Meese

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.

Fall 1994


James Buchanan

James Buchanan

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.

 

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