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Title: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Toowm on April 25, 2008, 03:27:21 pm
I thought I better get these down while I was thinking of them:

Thomas Woods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods), historian, great speaker, Ludwig von Mises Institute

Wendy McElroy (ifeminists) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_McElroy)

Someone from F.I.R.E. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_for_Individual_Rights_in_Education)

Someone from the Institute for Justice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_For_Justice)

Someone from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPFO) (Aaron Zelman?)

"New" Libertarian presidential candidates: Bob Barr, Mike Gravel
  also Mary Ruwart

Non-political/voluntariast/anarchist/free marketeer types: Stefan Molyneux (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Molyneux), Claire Wolfe  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Wolfe), Sunni Maravillosa (http://www.sunnimaravillosa.com)



Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: garthwaited on April 25, 2008, 07:56:43 pm
I thought I better get these down while I was thinking of them:

Thomas Woods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods), historian, great speaker, Ludwig von Mises Institute

Wendy McElroy (ifeminists) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_McElroy)

Someone from F.I.R.E. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_for_Individual_Rights_in_Education)

Someone from the Institute for Justice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_For_Justice)

Someone from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPFO) (Aaron Zelman?)

"New" Libertarian presidential candidates: Bob Barr, Mike Gravel
  also Mary Ruwart

Non-political/voluntariast/anarchist/free marketeer types: Stefan Molyneux (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Molyneux), Claire Wolfe  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Wolfe), Sunni Maravillosa (http://www.sunnimaravillosa.com)



That's eight awesome speakers!  Get to work.  :)

Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: ny2nh on April 26, 2008, 05:51:21 am
Judge Andrew Napolitano.....wasn't he on the short list last year?

I guess you have to think about whether your speaker will attract people who would already have come to Liberty Forum - or if you are trying to attract more people (sell more tickets, make more money, expose more people to the FSP).

None of the people listed would make me want to run out and buy a ticket.....
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Ron Helwig on April 26, 2008, 10:54:34 am
How about "John Rolfe", Pocahontas' husband?
http://www.lhaltd.com/speakers/cheatham/index.html (http://www.lhaltd.com/speakers/cheatham/index.html)

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Most recently, Dick has been busy presenting himself as John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas and savior of the English Colony which became the USA, whom he is directly descended from fourteen generations ago. Dick also portrays President John Tyler, one of America's most principled leaders who today is unfortunately poorly known, Richard Henry Lee, the patriot for liberty who made the declaration for independence from which Jefferson's written document followed and, now for the bicentennial, Captain Meriwether Lewis the hero who opened the American West.

We had him at a couple of the MN LP conventions. A good guy and highly recommended.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: lloydbob1 on April 26, 2008, 05:11:12 pm
What the Hell!  May as well start the Walter Williams fantasy again :P
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: maxxoccupancy on April 26, 2008, 05:34:49 pm
Let's just get as many as we can.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Toowm on April 26, 2008, 10:46:07 pm
None of the people listed would make me want to run out and buy a ticket.....

Looks like I need to write up a reading list for you...
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: J’raxis 270145 on April 27, 2008, 02:57:00 am
I like the list.

I especially like having someone from IJ and JPFO there.

I’ve never heard of Wendy McElroy, but looking at the feminist faction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_McElroy) that she’s with, I think she’s a good choice. (I knew that there are differing opinions in the feminist movement, but didn’t know they were actually divided into “sex-positive” and “anti-pornography” factions.)

Stefan Molyneux might attract the guys from Keene who would otherwise protest the Liberty Forum. ;)
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: lloydbob1 on April 27, 2008, 08:04:58 am
Judge Andrew Napolitano.....wasn't he on the short list last year?

I guess you have to think about whether your speaker will attract people who would already have come to Liberty Forum - or if you are trying to attract more people (sell more tickets, make more money, expose more people to the FSP).

None of the people listed would make me want to run out and buy a ticket.....

Maybe we can get Sununu to come back
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Porcupine Realtor on April 27, 2008, 10:09:49 am
FreedomFest does a good job of lining up a bunch of speakers every year for their conference in Las Vegas.  Here's a link to the list:  http://freedomfest.com/speakers.htm

I suppose you could contact those who look interesting but aren't neocons.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: freedomroad on April 27, 2008, 09:14:01 pm
I especially like having someone from IJ and JPFO there.

Yeah, someone from the IJ would be great.  There issues have had more recent national attention than just about any other libertarian group.  Maybe there could be a panel: Someone from the IJ to explain how they tried to defend homeowners in New London, the NH guy that tried to take Justic David Souter's house, and one of the sponsors of the NH bill to strengthen property rights.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: garthwaited on May 01, 2008, 05:49:13 pm
How about a Mary Ruwart presentation: Short answers to tough questions?
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: lloydbob1 on May 01, 2008, 06:43:40 pm
I met Richard Bodie at a LPHN convention a few years ago. He's an interesting guy.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on May 03, 2008, 12:55:14 pm
Judge Andrew Napolitano.....wasn't he on the short list last year?

I guess you have to think about whether your speaker will attract people who would already have come to Liberty Forum - or if you are trying to attract more people (sell more tickets, make more money, expose more people to the FSP).

None of the people listed would make me want to run out and buy a ticket.....

Maybe we can get Sununu to come back
He is already confirmed.  I told him he could speak Fri and Sat night if he wanted.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: garthwaited on May 04, 2008, 10:31:28 pm
I would like to propose MC Frontalot to the list.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Slim on July 15, 2008, 12:06:33 pm
I would like to make a nomination for the keynote speaker of either Penn & Teller or Drew Carey.

I realize to get those names booked would mean that the price for that dinner would be expensive but I believe names like those would be very attractive.

Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Porcupine The Godful Heathen on July 15, 2008, 01:26:14 pm
How about a Mary Ruwart presentation

This.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on July 16, 2008, 07:48:33 pm
Just to let everyone know... just about everyone (except the Senator) mentioned here has already been contacted.

I even met many speakers in DC this past weekend.

So far I think everyone who posted here is gonna be happy.  REAL Happy if I get more good news on Friday. (REAL HAPPY)
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Denis Goddard on July 16, 2008, 07:54:08 pm
everyone who posted here is gonna be happy.  REAL Happy if I get more good news on Friday. (REAL HAPPY)
We're getting Dawn Wells (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336817,00.html)?!?!?
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on July 16, 2008, 07:55:21 pm
everyone who posted here is gonna be happy.  REAL Happy if I get more good news on Friday. (REAL HAPPY)
We're getting Dawn Wells (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336817,00.html)?!?!?
YES!
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on August 07, 2008, 08:35:46 pm
http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?board=69.0
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: anon37268573 on August 13, 2008, 03:21:22 pm
I may be able to get us <A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patri_Friedman">Patri Friedman</A> to talk about the <A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasteading_Institute">Sea Steading Institute</A>.  For 2010, if the 2009 schedule is already set.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: sj on August 13, 2008, 09:42:18 pm
I may be able to get us  Patri Friedman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patri_Friedman) to talk about the Sea Steading Institute  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasteading_Institute).  For 2010, if the 2009 schedule is already set.

Fixed that for you.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Brettp76 on August 18, 2008, 08:06:04 pm
Dr. Yaron Brook, President and Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute. 

Nick Gillespie, Editor of Reason Magazine. 

Any lower level (less costly) representative from either organization would be nice as well. 
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on August 18, 2008, 09:10:35 pm


Nick Gillespie, Editor of Reason Magazine. 



Does anyone know him?
I contacted him last year and he never returned my calls or emails.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Toowm on August 18, 2008, 11:23:52 pm
Nick Gillespie, Editor of Reason Magazine. 
Does anyone know him?
I contacted him last year and he never returned my calls or emails.
He's the former editor. I'd give slim odds, although his ubiquitous leather jacket would make more sense here than in DC.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Porcupine The Godful Heathen on August 18, 2008, 11:24:00 pm
Chris, any updates on Mary Ruwart?
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: error on August 19, 2008, 01:37:24 pm
Invite McCain and Obama, and then issue rotten tomatoes to each attendee as they arrive? :)
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: dalebert on August 19, 2008, 03:45:03 pm
Isn't the Ayn Rand Institute really neo-con? I think there's an alternative Objectivist organization that is more consistent philosophically and seems more popular with FSPers. Just did a quick search. Is it The Atlas Society (http://www.objectivistcenter.org/)? There's something called The Objectivist Center which claims the honor of "the most respected independent source of information about Objectivism".

I'm not an authority on the subject by any means. I'm just kind of objectivistish. Just comments from the peanut gallery.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on August 19, 2008, 11:43:20 pm
Isn't the Ayn Rand Institute really neo-con? I think there's an alternative Objectivist organization that is more consistent philosophically and seems more popular with FSPers. Just did a quick search. Is it The Atlas Society (http://www.objectivistcenter.org/)? There's something called The Objectivist Center which claims the honor of "the most respected independent source of information about Objectivism".

I'm not an authority on the subject by any means. I'm just kind of objectivistish. Just comments from the peanut gallery.

We had a great speaker from the Atlas Society last year.
Edward L. Hudgins spoke.  He was a great speaker and a really nice guy as well.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Ron Helwig on August 20, 2008, 06:24:34 am
Isn't the Ayn Rand Institute really neo-con? I think there's an alternative Objectivist organization that is more consistent philosophically and seems more popular with FSPers. Just did a quick search. Is it The Atlas Society (http://www.objectivistcenter.org/)? There's something called The Objectivist Center which claims the honor of "the most respected independent source of information about Objectivism".

I'm not an authority on the subject by any means. I'm just kind of objectivistish. Just comments from the peanut gallery.

My take on it is that ARI is the group that believes that Ayn Rand was basically a god and infallible. TOC (AKA Atlas Society) is the more rational group that believes that Ayn Rand had some great ideas that could maybe use some additional research/debate/tweaking.

I'd prefer folks from TOC over ARI. The Hudgins speech was one of the very few events I went to at the last LF (I like working at it better than doing the events - I've been around long enough to have heard almost everything).
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: NHArticleTen on August 20, 2008, 09:14:59 am
Kevin Kelly

www.kk.org

Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: JasonPSorens on August 25, 2008, 10:34:07 am
Isn't the Ayn Rand Institute really neo-con? I think there's an alternative Objectivist organization that is more consistent philosophically and seems more popular with FSPers. Just did a quick search. Is it The Atlas Society (http://www.objectivistcenter.org/)? There's something called The Objectivist Center which claims the honor of "the most respected independent source of information about Objectivism".

I'm not an authority on the subject by any means. I'm just kind of objectivistish. Just comments from the peanut gallery.

We had a great speaker from the Atlas Society last year.
Edward L. Hudgins spoke.  He was a great speaker and a really nice guy as well.

Oh, you're kidding! I worked for him when I interned at Cato (and he worked at Cato) back in 1997.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Slim on August 26, 2008, 05:46:38 pm
I had a few more ideas for speakers that I would like to see at the NHLF 09

1. Glen Jacobs (aka Kane from the WWE) Glen is a great writer and I think would be a very intellectual speech
2. Barry Cooper, had a great session at last year's LF
3. A speaker from LEAP I enjoyed all the LEAP speakers I have seen
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Porcupine The Godful Heathen on August 26, 2008, 05:48:12 pm
Harry Browne!
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: freedomroad on August 26, 2008, 06:37:42 pm
Harry Browne!

Harry Browne is the best pro-freedom speaker I have ever heard or heard about.  There may be better pro-freedom speakers than Harry Browne, but they are also dead.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Porcupine The Godful Heathen on August 26, 2008, 06:43:54 pm
Harry Browne is the best pro-freedom speaker I have ever heard or heard about.

I couldn't agree more.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on August 26, 2008, 09:40:15 pm
Isn't the Ayn Rand Institute really neo-con? I think there's an alternative Objectivist organization that is more consistent philosophically and seems more popular with FSPers. Just did a quick search. Is it The Atlas Society (http://www.objectivistcenter.org/)? There's something called The Objectivist Center which claims the honor of "the most respected independent source of information about Objectivism".

I'm not an authority on the subject by any means. I'm just kind of objectivistish. Just comments from the peanut gallery.

We had a great speaker from the Atlas Society last year.
Edward L. Hudgins spoke.  He was a great speaker and a really nice guy as well.

Oh, you're kidding! I worked for him when I interned at Cato (and he worked at Cato) back in 1997.

See you should really make these events.

V.. yes those names are on the list.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on August 26, 2008, 09:41:17 pm
Also one goal is to not have any repeat speakers this year.  (with one possible exception)
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: shutdownthefed on September 09, 2008, 11:04:37 am
How about Alex Jones?   email him at   aaron@infowars.com

Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Slim on September 16, 2008, 09:15:22 am
Also one goal is to not have any repeat speakers this year.  (with one possible exception)

Let me guess the one exception is a person who has 2 first names?
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: MengerFan on September 16, 2008, 04:30:11 pm
Maybe you could have the manager of the Crowne Plaza give a talk on the importance of customer service in the Free State.  :P
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on September 16, 2008, 10:06:32 pm
Maybe you could have the manager of the Crowne Plaza give a talk on the importance of customer service in the Free State.  :P

I will see if I can work that in.

I did talk to them about 2 events from last year.
And I have 2 more talks about 2 different events to go.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: freedomroad on September 16, 2008, 10:09:27 pm
I second the Alex Jones suggestion.  He seems to be a real entertaining guy and he loves attention.  Plus, he has a very loyal following.  Oh, another plus, when people call up to FTL and mention Alex Jones, Mark and Ian cannot shrug him off because they will have met the guy.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Slim on September 17, 2008, 11:00:33 am
Maybe you could have the manager of the Crowne Plaza give a talk on the importance of customer service in the Free State.  :P

Menger maybe you could hire one of your competitors to come in and threaten to break the manager's legs.  ;D

One good thing about the 09 LF is that a fascist, totalitarian politician will not be sleeping under the same roof as us liberty lovers.

Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on September 17, 2008, 06:27:04 pm


One good thing about the 09 LF is that a fascist, totalitarian politician will not be sleeping under the same roof as us liberty lovers.


are you sure about that? ;) >:D

You haven't seen the full list of speakers...  :P
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: shutdownthefed on September 17, 2008, 09:09:49 pm
Alex Jones has his own film crew so the LF would get a bunch of replay on youtube and im sure he would plug it on his radio show.

I recommend
- Ron Paul of course
- Alex Jones
- G. Edward Griffin
- Jesse Ventura
- John Taylor Gatto
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on September 18, 2008, 09:49:45 am
Alex Jones has his own film crew so the LF would get a bunch of replay on youtube and im sure he would plug it on his radio show.

I recommend
- Ron Paul of course
- Alex Jones
- G. Edward Griffin
- Jesse Ventura
- John Taylor Gatto


you need to look at the people on the site.
one of those has already agreed to speak.
2 others have been contacted already.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Slim on September 18, 2008, 12:31:11 pm
are you sure about that? ;) >:D

You haven't seen the full list of speakers...  :P

True I haven't seen the full list of speakers but if the FSP gets one of the 2 "mainstream" moron's currently running in the popularity contest which the winner gets to live at 1600 Penn Ave, Washington DC, I would rather sit my wrists then listen to them babel on for 15 or 30 minutes.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on September 21, 2008, 01:36:32 pm
are you sure about that? ;) >:D

You haven't seen the full list of speakers...  :P

True I haven't seen the full list of speakers but if the FSP gets one of the 2 "mainstream" moron's currently running in the popularity contest which the winner gets to live at 1600 Penn Ave, Washington DC, I would rather sit my wrists then listen to them babel on for 15 or 30 minutes.

I promise you McBama hasn't been invited. ;D
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: mudshark on September 23, 2008, 07:03:42 pm
Dreepa,
have you and Ian/Mark from FTL had any further discussion on the media roundtable idea?

I heard Ian's short list on the show when they were talking about it after the initial announcement, and was just wanting to offer the suggestion of Joe Briggs from Policy Watch, who is from Manchester. I've suggested it to him a couple weeks ago, at Scott Horton's blog, and he said that he's worked with Ian and Mark before and said he would be interested. I could let him know via the chat room over there if you guys don't have an email contact for him. he's usually there when the show is on live.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on September 23, 2008, 09:58:36 pm
Dreepa,
have you and Ian/Mark from FTL had any further discussion on the media roundtable idea?

I heard Ian's short list on the show when they were talking about it after the initial announcement, and was just wanting to offer the suggestion of Joe Briggs from Policy Watch, who is from Manchester. I've suggested it to him a couple weeks ago, at Scott Horton's blog, and he said that he's worked with Ian and Mark before and said he would be interested. I could let him know via the chat room over there if you guys don't have an email contact for him. he's usually there when the show is on live.
we sent a few emails about it and we do have a media panel.
Send me a pm regarding Joe Briggs... (i just don't want the panel to be too huge)

Thanks.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: anon37268573 on September 28, 2008, 08:44:44 pm
Will Patri Friedman be there? What's the story on that?
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on September 28, 2008, 08:45:24 pm
Will Patri Friedman be there? What's the story on that?


He has been invited.. I have not heard back from him.

I will ping him again tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Toowm on October 23, 2008, 12:21:41 am
Just realized that Thomas Woods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods) is running FSP ads on his podcast. Another Mises Institute speaker if he isn't available is Walter Block (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Block).
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on October 25, 2008, 06:42:00 am
Just realized that Thomas Woods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods) is running FSP ads on his podcast. Another Mises Institute speaker if he isn't available is Walter Block (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Block).
I am actively talking with both of them right now (and have been for a few weeks)
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on October 25, 2008, 06:42:32 am
Will Patri Friedman be there? What's the story on that?

patri is now confirmed!
 :)
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Toowm on October 25, 2008, 10:36:04 am
Just realized that Thomas Woods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods) is running FSP ads on his podcast. Another Mises Institute speaker if he isn't available is Walter Block (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Block).
I am actively talking with both of them right now (and have been for a few weeks)
You ROCK!
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: odigity on October 26, 2008, 01:12:51 am
Well, I don't know who's been invited yet, but I thought I'd add votes of confidence for:

 - Mary Ruwart
 - Alex Jones
 - G Edward Griffin
 - Stefan Molyneux

Also... I very much enjoyed all the individual speaker sessions last year, and look forward to them again this year, but how about experimenting with new formats as well?  For example, in addition to the individual speaker sessions, what if there were one or two panel-style debates that the speakers could choose to participate in with pre-announced topics?  Possible topics:

 - minarchism (Libertarianism/Constitutionalism) vs anarchism
 - political action vs non-political action
 - the relevance of "conspiracy theory" to the cause of liberty
 - What is the single greatest obstacle to achieving liberty?  (winning elections? winning rational arguments? general education? psychology? etc)
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: lloydbob1 on October 26, 2008, 06:58:01 am
No Sun ew! ew! this time please.  Or, has this been mentioned? ;D
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: freedomroad on October 26, 2008, 10:05:49 pm
No Sun ew! ew! this time please.  Or, has this been mentioned? ;D

Well, it looks like he is going to lose his seat.
Title: Re: 2009 Speaker Ideas
Post by: Dreepa on October 27, 2008, 07:25:11 am
Well, I don't know who's been invited yet, but I thought I'd add votes of confidence for:

 - Mary Ruwart
 - Alex Jones
 - G Edward Griffin
 - Stefan Molyneux

Also... I very much enjoyed all the individual speaker sessions last year, and look forward to them again this year, but how about experimenting with new formats as well?  For example, in addition to the individual speaker sessions, what if there were one or two panel-style debates that the speakers could choose to participate in with pre-announced topics?  Possible topics:

 - minarchism (Libertarianism/Constitutionalism) vs anarchism
 - political action vs non-political action
 - the relevance of "conspiracy theory" to the cause of liberty
 - What is the single greatest obstacle to achieving liberty?  (winning elections? winning rational arguments? general education? psychology? etc)

We did have some panels last year and will have a few more this year.
We are also looking into having a debate (we did have 1 the first year).

Thanks for the suggestions.

Mary Ruwart has been invited
Stephan M has been invited.

The others are on the 'maybe' list  (waiting to fill out the schedule first)

Lloyd.  I am sorry Sununu will NOT be invited.  I can however get him to attend if you want so you can talk with him. ;)