The speakers this year are:
Gary Lawson, my libertarian-originalist law professor buddy at BU. Gary likes Rand. Everyone likes Gary. His topic is "Naragansett Shrugged: When Should Judges Disobey the Law?" I have no idea what "Naragansett Shrugged" means, but am looking forward to finding out.
Glen Whitman, Cal State Northridge econ guru and Agoraphilia blogger extraordinaire, will explain how, by highlighting how human behavior deviates from the standard assumptions of rational choice, behavioral economics potentially provides a new justification for paternalist government intervention. How should libertarians react to this challenge? His lecture will discuss several lines of response to the behavioral economics literature, along with their policy implications. What, no pithy title like "Behavior Economics: Threat or Menace?"
Will Wilkinson of the Cato Institute and Flypaper blog will speak on "Pluralism, Sympathy and Lifestyle Entrepreneurship" or something along those lines. I know I always wanted to be a "lifestyle entrepreneur" and I finally get to find out how. My guess is that it is probably too late for me, but not for you.
Oh yes, and I will be speaking on (what else?) "Medical Cannabis & Ashcroft v. Raich." I will try to keep the audience awake with riveting tales of my duel with Justice Breyer and the Killer Genome "Tomato Children" (see oral argument transcript on page 30--I am not making this up).
Registration for students currently enrolled in accredited Boston areas school is FREE! So is registration for everyone else if you register now.
Update: Glen writes to offer this "pithy" title: "Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Thoughts on the New Paternalism." The Who, Glen? Not exactly the cutting edge of popular culture. I like my proposed title better.