• 2017 Keynote Speakers

    Keynote Speakers


    Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning
    Stephen Chew, Samford University

    In 2011, Stephen L. Chew was named the Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    Dr. Chew has been a professor and chair of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 1993. Trained as a cognitive psychologist, one of his primary research areas is the cognitive basis of effective teaching and learning. His research interests include the use of examples in teaching, the impact of cognitive load on learning, and the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom. He is best known as the creator of a groundbreaking series of YouTube videos for students on how to study effectively in college based on cognitive research (www.samford.edu/how-to-study). The videos have received over a million views and are in use at educational institutions worldwide from high schools through professional schools.

    In addition to his Professor of the Year honor, Chew was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 1998 as part of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). He was awarded the Buchanan Award for Classroom Teaching Excellence from Samford in 1999. In 2005, he received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as the outstanding teacher of psychology at four-year colleges and universities.


    Writing in the Margin: Literature in the Economics Classroom

    Steve Horwitz, Ball State University
    Sarah Skwire, The Liberty Fund

    Steven Horwitz is currently the Schnatter Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University. He is an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA. and is the author of three books, MonetaryEvolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992), Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective(Routledge, 2000), and Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). His work has been published in professional journals such as History of Political Economy,Southern Economic Journal, and The Cambridge Journal of Economics. He has also done public policy research for the Mercatus Center, Heartland Institute, and the Cato Institute, and is a regular guest on radio and cable TV.  Horwitz is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada and a distinguished scholar at the Foundation for Economic Education. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan. 

    Sarah Skwire is a Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational foundation and the author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, which is in its 12th edition. Sarah has published a range of academic articles on subjects from Shakespeare to zombies and the broken window fallacy, and her work has appeared in journals as varied as Literatureand Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She writes a regular book review column, Book Value, for the Freeman Online and blogs at Bleeding Heart Libertarians. Sarah’s work on literature and economics has also appeared in Newsweek, The Freeman and in Cato Unbound, and she is an occasional lecturer for IHS, SFL, and other organizations. Her poetry has appeared, among other places, in Standpoint,TheNew Criterion, and The Vocabula Review. She graduated with honors in English from Wesleyan University, and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago.


    Bringing Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship to the Economics Classroom
    Dr. Steve Gohmann

    Steve Gohmann has been a faculty member in the Department of Economics in the Collegeof Business at the University of Louisville since 1988. He became the BB&TProfessor of Free Enterprise in 2009 and Director of the John H. SchnatterCenter for Free Enterprise in 2015.

    His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journalof Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, and inmore widely accessible forums, such as The Washington Post, The WallStreet Journal, and Fortune. He writes a monthly opinion column forthe New York Times.


    Today’s Economy and Its Discontents
    N. Gregory Mankiw

    N. Gregory Mankiw is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University where he recently completed a term as department chair. As a student, he studied economics at Princeton University and MIT. Currently, he teaches EC10 which is the principles of economics course and the most popular class at Harvard.

    His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journalof Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, and in more widely accessible forums, such as The Washington Post, The WallStreet Journal, and Fortune. He writes a monthly opinion column for the New York Times.

    His two textbooks are worldwide best sellers in their respective markets—the intermediate-level textbook Macroeconomics(Worth Publishers) and the introductory textbook Principles of Economics(Cengage Learning). Principles of Economics has sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into twenty languages.

    In addition to his teaching, research, and writing, Professor Mankiw has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office, and a member of the ETS test development committee for the advanced placement exam in economics. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.