Need a Speaker

1889 Institute is comprised of scholars and researchers with expertise in numerous policy areas.   

Speakers are available for club meetings, conferences, events, and more. To book speaking engagements, please use our contact below. 

Speaking engagements may be booked free of charge, unless travel is required. 

For booking, email info@1889institute.org or call (405) 646-3272. 

Our Team

Director at the 1889 Institute and Scholar-in- Residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Oklahoma State University Byron has researched and written broadly in public policy in areas as diverse as economic development, transportation, public education, welfare, health care, government finance and transparency, regulation, and occupational licensing. He has appeared in print, radio, and TV media nationally and locally. 

Byron can address many topics, including: 

 

  • Why health care is so expensive and what to do about it
  • Public education – reform, finance, and school choice
  •  Technological disruption of higher education – making it work for us
  • Why government is often inefficient and dysfunctional
  • Occupational licensing – how it hurts us all and what to do about it
  • How government economic development schemes harm economic development
Legal Fellow at the 1889 Institute and Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Oklahoma State UniversityBenjamin has practiced law in both the public and private sectors in Oklahoma and Texas, most recently serving as the Chief of the Civil Division in an Oklahoma district attorney’s office. 

 

 

 

Ben can address many topics, including: 

 

  • Unelected Lawmaking by the Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • Oklahoma Constitutional Law 
  • The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution
  • The Separation of Powers and Government Structure in Oklahoma 
  • Reforming Judicial Selection and Attorney Licensing in Oklahoma 
  • Navigating the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts 

Research Fellow at the 1889 Institute and Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Oklahoma State University Mike has researched and assisted in strategy development in both state and federal constitutional law litigation against governmental overreach with previous experience at the Nevada Policy Research Center and the Institute for Justice. 

 

 

Mike can address many topics, including: 

 

      • The dangerous novelty of modern public nuisance suits
      • Eminent domain’s proper role 
      • Problems created by occupational licensing, and the small gains recouped in return
      • Perverse incentives of civil asset forfeiture 
      • Why government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers 
      • Government accountability – why it is owed, how it was lost, and how it can be revived