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Tuesday Sep 23

2014 State Policy Network Annual Meeting

Location: Denver, CO
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 10:00 PM

State Policy Network is made up of free market think tanks - at least one in every state - fighting to limit government and advance market-friendly public policy at the state and local levels. SPN's annual meting brings together state think tank leaders and policy experts from around the country for four days of leadership development, management training, and networking. The connections to be made here are invaluable to anyone looking to jump-start a new organization, grow an existing state think tank, recruit new talent, or develop strategic partnerships.

Thursday Sep 25

Media Research Center Gala '14

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

The MRC Gala is a one-of-a-kind star-studded event in our nation's capital. Featuring prominent politicians, pundits, and television and radio hosts, the Gala draws a Who's Who of the conservative movement. Join us for a night of laughing at the liberal media over fine cuisine in one of the most spectacular venues in Washington, DC. As always, the dinner will include the DisHonors Awards and the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence, which will be presented to a true conservative icon. Don't miss what will surely be a night to remember!

Friday Sep 26

A Race for the Future: How Conservatives can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans

Location: Heritage Foundation Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

Host: Heritage Foundation


Since 1965, millions of people have come to this country from Latin America and the Caribbean. Now accounting for more than 16 percent of the population, Hispanics have emerged as a decisive voting bloc that overwhelmingly skews liberal as they influence pivotal electoral races. But it doesn't have to be that way forever. In A Race for the Future, Mike Gonzalez describes what the term Hispanic means, correcting the erroneous assumption that it is a homogenous group and presenting a look at the challenges each nationality – Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and many others – faces in America.

Despite their growing political power, Hispanics have largely been kept separate from mainstream America. Many of them are consigned to an underclass status. Gonzalez examines exactly how bureaucratic decisions that encourage public assistance and discourage assimilation hinder Hispanics and allow them to be politically monopolized by progressives. He also shows how conservatives – by returning to their core values of community, industry, and independence – can begin to reverse this damaging trajectory and successfully enable Hispanics to flourish while standing firm on our principles.

Speakers include Mike Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation and author of Race for the Future, National Review Online contributor Jim Geraghty, and the Honorable Jim Demint.

Attend in person or watch online!

Friday Sep 26

Gun Rights Policy Conference

Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago O'Hare Airport
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Come meet national gun rights leaders and your fellow grassroots activists at the 29th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC 2014) in Chicago, Illinois at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Airport hotel on September 26, 27, and 28, 2014. This is your once-a-year chance to network, get an insider's look and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year. Past GRPCs have outlined victory plans and made public the latest firearms trends. They allow you a first-hand chance to hear movement leaders and make your voice heard. This year we'll take a look at critical issues such as: bans on semi-auto guns and magazines, "smart" guns, concealed carry, federal legislation, BATFE policies, gun show regulation, state and local activity and the most recent Right to Keep and Bear Arms court cases. The full roster of GRPC 2014 speakers has not yet been set. Past speakers include: Alan M. Gottlieb, Joseph P. Tartaro, Eugene Volokh, Wayne LaPierre, Michael Reagan, Larry Elder, Bob Barr, John Lott, Sandy Froman, Massad Ayoob, Tom Gresham, Alan Gura, G. Gordon Liddy, Larry Pratt, Emily Miller and many others.

Friday Sep 26

Values Voter Summit 2014

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 AM

Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong. It has drawn as many as 3,000 plus attendees from around the nation and foreign countries. Garnering national and international media attention, CNN named it "one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events" and Sean Hannity called it "the premier conservative event now in the country." Each year, it showcases the nation's leading conservatives voices such as all 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential candidates; Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Tim Scott and Rick Santorum; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; Representatives Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, Steve Scalise, Jim Jordan, Steve King, James Lankford and Allen West; Governors Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal; media hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs, Dr. Bill Bennett, Cal Thomas, Lt. Col. Oliver North and Mark Levin; Dr. Ben Carson; Kirk Cameron, The Duggars, Star Parker, and many more. Since its inception, the Summit's primary sponsor has been FRC Action, the legislative affiliate arm of Family Research Council.

Thursday Oct 02

40 Years After the Nobel: F.A. Hayek and Political Economy as a Progressive Research Program

Location: George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Founders Hall
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 6:30 PM

Forty years ago, in October 1974, Friedrich von Hayek was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics.

In January 2012, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University established the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (ppe.mercatus.org). The Hayek Program is part of the Mercatus Center's graduate education and research activities in the economics PhD program at George Mason University. While the history of economic thought and methodology is one of the Hayek Program's strengths, its focus is not the intellectual history of economics but rather political economy as a progressive research program. An understanding of the past shows how where we came from may influence where we are going.

To reflect on the significance of Hayek's Nobel Prize and the various strands of influence his work has had in subsequent decades of scholarship, please join us for a keynote speech and panel discussion by some of Hayek's most prominent colleagues and interlocutors. We will discuss the breadth of Hayek's vision, his contribution, and its influence on the research of other elite economic thinkers. We will explore key themes and see where they may lead us in the future of economics and political economy.

Join us on October 2, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., to hear Dr. Israel Kirzner, Professor Emeritus of New York University, speak on Hayek, the Nobel Prize, and the Modern Austrian School of Economics. Then, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., we will have a roundtable discussion with Nobel Laureates Dr. Edmund Phelps of Columbia University, Dr. Oliver Williamson of the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Vernon Smith of Chapman University.

The discussion will be followed by a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Please register online for this event. If you have questions, please contact Kate Rinaldi at krinaldi@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-4889.

Thursday Oct 09

Acton's 24th Annual Dinner: An Evening with Daniel Hannan

Location: JW Marriott Grand Rapids, 235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM

Join the Acton Institute for our 24th Annual Dinner, with distinguished speaker Daniel Hannan. Daniel Hannan has represented South East England in the European Parliament since 1999. Hon. Hannan became an international sensation in March 2009, when a YouTube clip of his speech to then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown (United Kingdom) attracted 1.4 million views within 72 hours, making by far the most watched political clip in British history. A thoughtful and articulate spokesman for liberty, Hannan's writings have appeared in several major publications, and he has authored nearly a dozen books. He blogs regularly on important political and cultural issues at www.hannan.co.uk. The dinner will also include remarks by Rev. Robert A. Sirico, the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI.

Wednesday Oct 22

The Annual Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Host: The Heritage Foundation


The Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies is honored to host Judge Janice Rogers Brown as the seventh speaker of our aptly named Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture.

The namesake of the lecture – the eminent jurist Joseph Story – became the youngest Associate Justice ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court when he was appointed by President Madison in 1812. Story made a significant mark on American law in his thirty-three years on the bench, but his greatest contribution to jurisprudence is his renowned Commentaries on the Constitution, in which he set forth a philosophy of judicial restraint. This lecture series celebrates his legacy.

Lecture at 5:30 will be followed by a reception at 6:30

Monday Oct 27

A Reagan Forum with Professor Steve Hayward

Location: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

Host: Pepperdine School of Public Policy

Fifty years ago, journalist David Broder described Ronald Reagan's speech on behalf of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater as "the most successful political debut since William Jennings Bryan." The speech, entitled "A Time for Choosing," would echo in American politics for 50 years, defining a new approach to conservatism laced with a forward looking optimism rooted in the latent greatness of America.

Steven F. Hayward, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, will explore the impact of "the Speech" and its current relevance to American politics when he delivers the Reagan Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11 a.m

Tuesday Nov 11

Veterans Day

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wednesday Nov 12

Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner 2014

Location: InterContinental Times Square Hotel and Capitale, New York City
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 11:30 PM

What are your metaphorical Berlin Walls? Join us for the international freedom event of the year where you'll have the opportunity to bring them to the global stage. The Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner 2014 will commemorate 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Highlights include: Keynote presentation by Garry Kasparov, legendary chess champion and 2014 Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow; Liggio Lecture by John Tomasi, Director of the Political Theory Project and Professor at Brown University; Atlas Leadership Academy's Think Tank Shark-Tank $25,000 competition, sponsored by the Rising Tide Foundation; and $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award announcement. To receive a discounted room rate of $370++ call the InterContinental at 1 (866) 875-1978 and mention Atlas Network or reserve your room online. Have any questions about the big event? Contact Chelsea Albers at (202) 449-8434 or Chelsea.Albers@AtlasNetwork.org.

Thursday Nov 13

Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention

Location: Washington, DC
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Every Fall, lawyers, law students, and other individuals interested in law and public policy from around the country converge on Washington to attend the three day Annual National Lawyers Convention organized by the Federalist Society. Each convention is full of panels featuring noted scholars and experts from across the political spectrum as well as addresses by public officials and other public personalities. Since 2001, the Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture and a following reception have also been held during the convention. The highlight of the entire convention is always the Annual Banquet, usually held on the first night of the convention. Be sure to register for the next National Lawyers Convention beginning in late summer.

Sunday Dec 07

Pearl Harbor Day

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday Dec 15

Bill of Rights Day

Date: Monday, December 15, 2014

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