Speaker Series

Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center

Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center is committed to building our program in ways that are strategic and impactful. We have an active outreach speaker series, inviting a wide-range of distinguished guests to campus each semester.

We currently have two very distinct speaker series.

The Free Enterprise Forum speaker series features academically, renowned guests speaking on a wide-range of topics varying from free enterprise and regulation to innovation and poverty. These talks are typically held in the early evening in the auditorium.

The Confessions of an Entrepreneur speaker series features local entrepreneurs who have achieved entrepreneurial success but took non-traditional roads with a few bumps and curves, but got there nonetheless. These talks are meant to be casual and conversational. These talks are held during the lunch break, with free pizza for all attendees.

There's a little something for everyone.

Confessions of an Entrepreneur

  • Thursday, January 25
    Foster 143/144 @ 12:30
    Blake and Kimberly Batson: Common Grounds
    FREE pizza, bottled water and Common Grounds coffee for all guests.
    First 50 people to register will receive a free cookie from Heritage Creamery.

  • Thursday, February 22
    Foster 143/144 @ 12:30
    Brent Bankston: Bankston's Sport Memorabilia, Comics & Collectibles
    FREE pizza and bottled water for all guests.
    First 50 people to register will receive a free Butter My Biscuit biscuit from King's Landing.


  • Thursday, April 12
    Foster 143/144 @ 12:30
    Andie Day: Mary Claret
    First 50 people to register will receive a free treat from a local business.

Free Enterprise Forum

  • Thursday, January 18
    Foster 250 @ 4:00
    Richard Vedder: Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University // Adjunct Scholar at American Enterprise Institute
    Talk Title: "The Coming Crisis in Higher Education"
  • Thursday, February 8
    Foster 250 @ 4:00
    Barbara Demick: Los Angeles Times Correspondent // Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations // Award-Winning Author
    Talk Title: "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea"

  • Thursday, March 22
    Foster 250 @ 4:00
    Dr. P.J. Hill: Professor of Economics Emeritus at Wheaton College // Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center
    Talk Title: "Saving the Environment Through Prices and Property Rights"
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