ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE EDUCATION: ANNUAL MEETING 2016
PANEL2.C.5: "being an intellectual entrepreneur"
monday, APRIL 4, 2016
- Session Chair: Brennan Brown, Charles Koch Foundation
- George Crowley, Troy University
- Chris Surprenant, University of New Orleans
- Derek Yonai, Florida Southern College
- Joshua Hall, West Virginia University
George Crowley on “taking over” departments and tenure track lines:
So, we’ve been very lucky at Troy. We had a big gift, that let us hire a whole bunch of people all at once, and we kind of were able to take over, for lack of a better term, but it’s still, there’s little spots where we’ve been able to make little incremental changes over and above. So, we had a finance faculty member retire, and we were able to go and hire Thomas Hogan. He’s an economist, but he had enough finance background that we were able to kind of use that. And so that’s an interesting line that we were kind of like able to take, and it’s just little incremental things like that.
George Crowley on influencing Alabama politics:
We’ve been really active on state, especially state policy, and even just kind of broader policy type work. Really trying to get students engaged with these ideas. It sounds cliche, but it really does really come back to getting the students involved [...] even as it relates to our policy work.
Our former director kind of started some fights within the state dealing with medicaid expansion which is something that our Governor has kind of been pushing back on and others in the state are obviously in favor of, and it’s been kind of a back and forth. John Dove and Dan Smith actually just had one of these Mercatus, kind of, state diagnostics on the state that kind of made some waves. Dan Smith has kind of taken it upon himself to try to bring down the state pension system [laughter] [inaudible] at least in getting the conversation going there. I’ve done some stuff on tax reform, I’ve got a Mercatus thing that will be coming out soon.
George Crowley on converting students’ ideologies:
This one student we had never heard of, poly sci major, showed up, literally sat there silently throughout the entire like 10 weeks of the class, didn’t make a comment the whole time. We had them write little essays at the end, and he basically wrote an essay that said, “I am a socialist, but now that I’ve been finally been exposed to some of these ideas, I’m very interested in taking economics.” He switched his major to economics, and kind of banged out the major very quickly, and went on and graduated as an econ major, really just kind of turned on to the ideas themselves
West Virginia University professor Joshua Hall on co-opting state resources:
And ultimately, [I think] resources, more importantly, I want to co-opt resources [laughter]. So, it was a brilliant move to hire Tom Hogan when that opportunity presented itself, and I want to get as many people on the state of West Virginia resources as possible, and so how do you do that?
Florida Southern College professor Derek Yonai on using movie nights and academic programming to recruit for Koch:
Go off The Incredibles, and get them talking about why is it when everyone's super, nobody is [...], and then work into the book club where you can refine those ideas further by reading things like Dan Klein's Knowledge and Coordination, Law Legislation and Liberty, Constitution of Liberty, and then hopefully get them involved in the liberty movement, through FEE, IHS, KIP (Koch Internship Program), or if they’ve already done KIP, then eventually into KAP (Koch Associates Program).
Get’em involved at the seminars, get’em involved into our book club, and them letting them figure out where they’re comfortable, and then allowing me, if you will, as sort of the expert to say sort of find a good fit. Maybe you’re better going to a FEE seminar, maybe you’re better going to an IHS seminar. Maybe you’d be a good candidate for KIP
to have [students] go, 'you know I really love this stuff but I need money, I want a job, my parents want me to go get one, you know, a stable occupation,' and I tell ‘em look, you understand these ideas, you are the best foot soldier we have in this fight for economic freedom because, I talk about it, you get to live it. You get to show people what these principles mean by the ways you act. You’re much more effective at this than I am, you’re [inaudible] far more people than I [am]. So just figure out, where are these students going to be placed, what are they going to be doing because each and every one of them can be valuable in order for us to change, if you will, the trajectory, uh, with regards to economic freedom. So, for those of you who want scalable models, here it is.
Florida Southern College professor Derek Yonai (now at Southern Methodist University) on using Students for Liberty to recruit students for Koch's Liberty Movement:
Now, I know some people outsource it to Students For Liberty. I don’t. The reason being is I think there is too much baggage with it. It’s also harder to sell depending on how “UnKoch” your campus is. I like the Adam Smith Club because it comes off as fairly innocuous to most people, you can bring in people from poli sci, people from mass comms, biology.
Charles Koch Foundation officer Brennan Brown quotes Charles Koch in pep talk:
Let me share a quote with you from Charles Koch, who I believe sums it up very well. This is what he said. He said, “I have a passionate belief in the power of ideas of liberty. If we fail, it is our failure, not that of the ideas. My commitment is such that it is to them, the ideas, I am dedicating my life. If the work of these "edupreneurs," these intellectual entrepreneurs, and the words of Charles Koch for example, speak to you, and resonate with you, then I invite you to talk to Steve Sweet, my colleague who’s here, Clark Scott, who I believe is also here, to talk to you about your vision, your ideas, and how to develop that intellectual entrepreneur within you.
Introduction: Brennan Brown, Charles Koch Foundation
George Crowley, Troy University
Derek Yonai, Florida Southern College
Chris Surprenant, University of New Orleans
Joshua Hall, West Virginia University
Q&A with CKF's Brennan Brown
Closing Remarks: CKF's Brennan Brown