Presenters

Friday, Oct. 7, 2011:

 Robert Anthony Peters:

Robert is a San Francisco native enjoying the challenges of life in Manhattan. In 2001, he completed his BS at the UofA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow in DC (placed at IWF), and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. A few of his films available to the public are The Pursuit of Happyness, Revolution Summer, The Village Barbershop, and Wasted. 

He has spoken at Students For LibertyState Policy NetworkLibertopiaInstitute for Humane Studies summer seminars, and the Hero’s Journey Conference. He is president of Laissez Faire Media and a begrudging member of SAG and AFTRA. His website is robertanthonypeters.com.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011:
 Dr. Diana Hsieh:

Diana Hsieh received her Ph.D in philosophy from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. She is the creator of the OList email listsExplore Atlas Shrugged, and Modern Paleo. Every Sunday morning, she answers questions on practical ethics in her live Rationally Selfish Webcast. She blogs daily at NoodleFood.
 Dr. Paul Prentice:

Dr. Prentice served as the Chief Macroeconomist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Presidents Carter and Reagan. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Department of Treasury under President Clinton. PauI earned his B.A. in Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, from the University of Connecticut. 

In addition to teaching Economics, Math, and Science at The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs, Dr. Prentice currently serves as Founding Faculty, and Professor of Economics at Yorktown University. Adjunct Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute. Fellow of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University. Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Board Member of the Limited Government Forum. Board Member of the Pikes Peak TEA Party. President of the Pikes Peak Economics Club

Education Panel:
 Ben DeGrow: 

As senior policy analyst for the Education Policy Center, Ben DeGrow focuses on labor-related issues. Since joining the Independence Institute in 2003, Ben has advanced its research in the areas of collective bargaining, teacher unionism, teacher employment, and school finance. He oversees the Education Policy Center’s informational Web site for teachers
 and coordinates the Institute’s outreach to teachers. 

Ben has authored eight Issue Papers, 18 Issue Backgrounders, and numerous opinion-editorials for the Independence Institute. His writings have appeared in such Colorado publications as theRocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Colorado Springs Gazette, Greeley Tribune, Longmont Times-Call,Colorado Statesman, Colorado Daily, HeadFirst Colorado, Grand County Daily Tribune, and Denver Daily News. He is a contributing editor for the national monthly School Reform News, and serves as the regular free market blogger voice on Education News Colorado

Ben has made many guest appearances on radio and television programs to discuss policy issues. He has testified before legislative committees and has given presentations to community groups, legislators, candidates, and national conferences.
 Ari Armstrong:
Ari publishes FreeColorado.com and coauthors a column for Grand Junction Free Press. He runs Liberty In the Books, a monthly free-market discussion group and a project of Liberty On the Rocks. He is also the author of Values of Harry Potter.

 Bob Bowdon:

Bob Bowdon has been a television producer, reporter and commentator for the past fifteen years. His varied career has seen him conducting in-depth on-camera interviews, anchoring newscasts and producing nationally-syndicated TV shows. He’s even appeared in satirical news sketches for the Onion News Network.


The Cartel, Bowdon’s award-winning documentary, reveals the nature and extent of corruption in public education. Behind every dropout factory, we discover, lurks a powerful, entrenched and self-serving cartel. And the film puts a human face on those who suffer as a result.

Ultimately, The Cartel is a call to action, not despair. The film profiles heroic administrators, teachers and students who defy the odds—particularly in schools of choice. The Cartel powerfully concludes that we must insist on immediate and systemic reform that puts students first. And we must do it now. That same conviction animates the work of his newest project, Choice Media.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011:

 Dr. Yuri Nicholas Maltsev: 

Yuri Maltsev, Professor of Economics, earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Moscow State University, and his Ph.D. in Labor Economics at the Institute of Labor Research in Moscow, Russia. Before defecting to the United States in 1989, he was a member of a senior Soviet economics team that worked on President Gorbachev's reforms package of perestroika. Prior to joining Carthage, Professor Maltsev was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., a federal research agency. His work involved briefing members of Congress and senior officials at the executive branch on issues of national security and foreign economic assessment.

Professor Maltsev has also appeared on CNN, Financial Network News, PBS Newshour, C-Span, Fox News, CBC, and other American, Canadian, and European television and radio programs. He has lectured at leading universities, corporations, banks, colleges, churches, schools, and community centers all over the world. He has authored five books and hundreds of articles in U.S. and foreign publications. He currently is a professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and a Senior Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
 Dr. Joshua Dunn:

Joshua Dunn (PhD, University of Virginia, 2002) is Associate Professor Political Science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs where he teaches courses on American political institutions, constitutional law, and political theory. His research primarily focuses on constitutional history and judicial policymaking.

He is the author of Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins (University of North Carolina Press), which explores the judicial attempt to desegregate the Kansas City, Missouri school system. He co-edited, with Martin West, From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary's Role in American Education(Brookings Institution Press). He also co-authors, with Martha Derthick, a quarterly article on law and education for the journal Education Next. Previously he taught at the College of William & Mary and was a fellow in contemporary history, public policy, and American politics at the Miller Center of Public Affairs in Charlottesville, Virginia.