Calendar

Monday Apr 21

Falling in Love with America Again: Local Communities Solve Problems Where Washington Fails

Location: The Kirby Center, Van Andel Lecture Hall, Washington, DC
Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 6:30 PM

Washington has failed to find solutions that help people and solve real-world problems. Why? And what can citizens do? Former Senator Jim DeMint, now president of The Heritage Foundation, draws on real-life stories and case studies from Falling in Love with America Again to reveal how local leaders across America can advance education, health care, and more-in every community. With issues of freedom prevalent in today's headlines-from the Hobby Lobby court case to school choice battles, DeMint will discuss today's most pressing issues with Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn. Jim DeMint is the president of The Heritage Foundation. He previously represented South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and then in the U.S. Senate. Prior to his election, he was the founder of the DeMint Group, a marketing research and strategic planning business. DeMint is the author of several books, including Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse and Falling in Love with America Again. Books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the author. A dessert reception will follow the discussion. Join Hillsdale College for this special event at the Kirby Center in Washington, DC.

Monday Apr 21

Propaganda, Disinformation, and Dirty Tricks: The Resurgence of Russian Political Warfare

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM

The Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, a part of Ukraine, has renewed the interest in Russia's extensive political warfare activities. In Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, and other states of the former Soviet Union, Russian influence operations have been aggressively increased and targeted at Russian-speaking populations, who often have little other access to news and information and, therefore, are easy targets for Russian propaganda. Russian efforts hark back to the ideological battles and active measures of the Cold War and are aimed at audiences and policymakers here in the United States as well. For home audiences, Russian propaganda persistently shows strong strains of anti-Americanism. Join us as our panel of experts analyzes this threat and how the United States can best counter it. Featuring John Lenczowski, Ph.D., President, Institute of World Politics; Paul Goble, Former Special Advisor to the International Broadcasting Board, and Guest Lecturer, Institute of World Politics; and Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Studies, The Heritage Foundation. Hosted by Helle C. Dale, Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy, The Heritage Foundation.

Tuesday Apr 22

Lunch with a Leader: John Cusey on Government Relations

Location: American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Are you considering a career on the Hill? Interested in a role that involves representing your organization at the Capitol? Do you want to know what it takes to build meaningful relationships with high-level lawmakers and their staff? If so, America's Future Foundation invites you to join us at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, April 22, for lunch with John Cusey, Director of Government Relations at AEI. Drawing on years of experience both on and off the Hill, Mr. Cusey will discuss how to build and foster productive relationships with Congress, as well as the traits and qualities that make for a successful career in government relations.

Tuesday Apr 22

Happy Earth Day: Dispelling Environmental Myths and Celebrating Human Achievement

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

There is a lot to celebrate this Earth Day. The environment continues to get cleaner. Air and water quality are much better. Human achievement and development are helping to create a more prosperous nation that can better address environmental challenges. This important success story often gets lost in the misinformation campaigns that try to paint a picture of a country with dire environmental conditions. This panel will highlight environmental trends, dispel environmental myths, and demonstrate how human progress is critical to the well-being of humans and the environment. Featuring Daren Bakst, Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy, The Heritage Foundation; Myron Ebell, Director, Center for Energy and the Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute; Steve Milloy, Director of External Policy and Strategy, Murray Energy Corporation; and David Schnare, General Counsel, Energy and Environment Legal Institute. Hosted by Derrick Morgan, Vice President, Domestic and Economic Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Wednesday Apr 23

What's the Role of the NSA? A Debate Sponsored by the Rupe Foundation

Location: Maggiano's Northpark, Dallas
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Is the NSA overstepping its bounds as a government agency and invading our personal privacy? Or is it helping to protect us from real terrorist threats? Come hear Steven Bucci, Director of the Heritage Foundation's Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security and former Army Special Forces Officer and top Pentagon Official, debate Ladar Levison, Founder of Lavabit LLC, the encrypted email service that Edward Snowden used following his disclosure of classified NSA documents. Free drinks and food will be provided! Come network, learn, and decide for yourself what the role of the NSA should be. Free for America's Future Foundation members and guests! Members will receive a free book!

Wednesday Apr 23

Graduation Day: How Dads' Involvement Impacts Higher Education Success

Location: The American Enterprise Institute, Twelfth Floor, Washington, DC
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Thousands of aspiring scholars nationwide are making decisions about their college plans for next year. But their success in completing a degree from the college of their choice may hinge disproportionately on one little-discussed factor: whether their fathers were involved in their lives. This event will explore the extent to which father involvement is tied to an increasingly critical milestone in young adults' lives: graduation from college. Join a diverse group of panelists, including sociologists, education experts, and students, for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children's educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background. Featuring Kay Hymowitz, Manhattan Institute; Patrick Patterson, ICF International; and W. Bradford Wilcox, AEI and University of Virginia. Moderated by Robert Doar, AEI.

Wednesday Apr 23

James Madison Institute Annual Dinner

Location: Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, Tallahassee, FL
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Please join the James Madison Institute for its annual dinner. This year's theme is "Live Free or Move to Florida!" Travis Brown and Stephen Moore unveil the details of their new book "Wealth of States", a detailed and critical look at the economic growth vs malaise that results from the tax and regulatory policy decisions across the 50 states. They will also highlight Florida and how our states ranks among the rest. Following their presentation, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford will join in a retrospective conversation about their leadership tenure and continue the theme of how Floridians benefit when there's a focus on economic freedom. VIP reception and book signing at 6 pm. Dinner will begin at 7 pm. Sponsorships and tickets available at www.jamesmadison.org.

Wednesday Apr 23

U.S. Army Aviation Restructure Initiative: A Win-Win for National Guard and Active Duty?

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

The U.S. Army has proposed an initiative to restructure its aviation assets so that the Active Duty and National Guard components each receive the aircraft that best aligns with their respective missions, makes most effective use of taxpayer dollars, and preserves the greatest amount of capability across the Total Army force. This entails the transfer of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the Guard to the Active force and a transfer of some of the Active Duty's UH-60 Blackhawk utility aircraft to the Guard. The Guard has flown Apaches during wartime in Iraq and Afghanistan, but as those conflicts conclude, the Army contends the transfer of the attack helicopters is the only way to ensure that pilots maintain sufficient proficiency. The Guard benefits from this transfer by receiving aircraft that are more capable and relevant to their peacetime missions supporting their state Governors and other civil authorities. Yet some in the Guard and in Congress question this transfer and are calling for a commission to study that matter further. Join us as a panel of experts discusses the pros and cons of this restructuring initiative, how the Army will sustain its Active and Guard components, and the future of its force structure as the military resets after more than a decade at war. Featuring Maren Leed, Ph.D., Senior Adviser, Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Benjamin Freeman, Ph.D., Policy Advisor, National Security Program, Third Way; and Dr. Daniel Gouré, Vice President, Lexington Institute. Hosted by Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs, The Heritage Foundation.

Thursday Apr 24

Getting it Right: A Better Strategy to Defeat Al Qaeda

Location: The American Enterprise Institute, Twelfth Floor, Washington, DC
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Has the United States gotten any closer to defeating al Qaeda in the three years since the US raid on Abbottabad and death of Osama bin Laden? Who exactly is the enemy we're targeting? On April 24, AEI will host a luncheon event to discuss why we're not seeing lasting success against al Qaeda. This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI's Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy. Featuring Mary Habeck, AEI; Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University; and Katherine Zimmerman, AEI. Frederick W. Kagan, AEI, moderates.

Thursday Apr 24

Book Signing and Discussion: The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America

Location: The Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin, Texas
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

F. H. Buckley's remarkable new book, The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America, shatters just about every myth surrounding American government, the Constitution, and the Founding Fathers, and offers the clearest warning about the alarming rise of one-man rule. America isn't the freest country around and the Constitution as we know it today was not what the Founders had in mind. The country began in a revolt against one king, and today we see the dawn of a new kind of monarchy. What we have is what Founder George Mason called an "elective monarchy," which he thought would be worse than the real thing. Is the damage to the Constitution irreversible? The way back lies through Congress, but how likely are amendments to redress the balance of power to pass? Most Americans seem to have accepted, and even welcomed, Crown government. Can today's status quo be overturned? Join the Texas Public Policy Foundation for a literary discussion on his new book with author and George Mason University Law professor F.H. Buckley. Books will be for sale after the event and Professor Buckley will be available after the lecture to sign your copy.

Thursday Apr 24

Protecting American Interests in the South China Sea

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM

The security environment and diplomacy around American interests in the South China Sea become more complex by the day. China's growing maritime might and assertiveness, Philippines UNCLOS arbitration, the health of the U.S. "rebalance," ASEAN's 20-year quest for a code of conduct, and the more recent initiative of talks among three of the four Southeast Asian claimants, as well as other factors, will all be on the table for discussion with this distinguished panel of experts. Featuring Ely Ratner, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security; Steven Groves, Bernard and Barbara Lomas Senior Research Fellow, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation ; Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation; and Commander Jonathan G. Odom, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense. Hosted by Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center.

Thursday Apr 24

Too Big to Fail: Can Fixing Capital Requirements End It?

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

Is the too big to fail problem still with us? Has the implementation of key Dodd-Frank provisions lessened the probability banks will fail? Are new bank capital requirements ideally suited to promote financial safety? Will Dodd-Frank’s systemic resolution authority fix too big to fail? Join us as leading experts address these and other important questions. Featuring Charles W. Calomiris, Ph.D., Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and Professor, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs; Mark J. Flannery, Ph.D., BankAmerica Eminent Scholar in Finance, University of Florida; and Paul H. Kupiec, Ph.D., Resident Scholar, Banking and Financial Market Regulation, American Enterprise Institute. Hosted by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Financial Regulations, The Heritage Foundation. For additional information, read the paper "The Financial Stability Oversight Council: Helping to Enshrine ‘Too Big to Fail.'"

Thursday Apr 24

IPI's 9th Annual World IP Day Celebration

Location: ROA Minuteman Memorial Building, One Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Please join the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) as we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day at our 9th annual event featuring creators, policy makers, and industry leaders to discuss current and future issues facing intellectual property both domestically and abroad. Complimentary lunch will be served. Speakers TBA. Please register online to attend the conference. And, if your schedule permits, please join us for IPI's World IP Day Evening Reception with Francis Gurry from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Friday Apr 25

The Conservative Women's Network Presents "Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine: Time for Resetting the Russian 'Reset'?"

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

The only program of its kind, the Conservative Women's Network is made up of nearly 1,000 women in the Washington, D.C. area. Often broadcast by C-SPAN to 90 million viewers, these monthly luncheons are co-hosted by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and The Heritage Foundation. CWN provides women with a forum for becoming informed on current issues, networking with area professionals, and the chance to listen to conservative leaders. In April, CWN presents "Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine: Time for Resetting the Russian ‘Reset'?" featuring Helle Dale, Senior Fellow Public Diplomacy, The Heritage Foundation, and Diana Furchtgott-Roth, director of Economics21 and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Friday Apr 25

U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

The U.S. and Japan share many interests in Southeast Asia, from development to military modernization. Finding the areas where they can work together most productively and synergistically is a positive challenge for the alliance. Peace, security, and prosperity in the region depend on leaders of both sides and in Southeast Asia coming to grips with it and finding ways forward. Please join us as we explore the possibilities. Featuring Shigeo Yamada, Minister (Political), Embassy of Japan; Satu Limaye, Ph.D., Director, East-West Center in Washington; and Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate, East Asia Program, The Stimson Center. Hosted By Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation.

Wednesday Apr 30

Is College Worth It?

Location: The Cato Institute's Hayek Auditorium, Washington, DC
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM

Soaring tuition and student debt, the rise of high-tech alternatives, and a persistently sluggish economy have provoked a startling question: "Is college worth it?" It's a question that raises many others: Must I go to college to learn skills I'll need for my career? Is just getting a degree — any degree — the key to my future prosperity? Should higher education be about marketable skills, or is it about personal fulfillment and expanding human knowledge? These questions disconcert students, parents, and taxpayers alike. We hope you'll join us to hear intriguing answers to such difficult questions. Featuring Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics, George Mason University, and Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; and Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center For Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Chip Bishop, Director of Student Programs, Cato Institute.

Thursday May 01

ALEC 2014 Spring Task Force Summit

Location: Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, MO
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 6:30 PM

Thursday May 01

100 Years Later: Lessons from World War I

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

A centennial from the beginning of World War I is a grim reminder of just how important U.S. leadership in the world is. The U.S. needs military capabilities to exercise this leadership and to fulfill the federal government's obligation to "provide for the common defense." Dr. Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the New York Times bestseller, The World America Made, will open our 2014 Protect America Month lecture series with a public address on the prevailing defense issues that are of the greatest concern to the United States, the lessons learned from World War I, and the dangers of isolationism to U.S. interests and security. The nation must recommit to living the principles that made us safe, free, and prosperous. A complacent America, either at home or abroad, is the greatest threat to a peaceful and productive future for the United States, its friends, and allies. Join us as we focus on these important issues and discuss how the preservation of peace and liberty requires a sustained and vigorous U.S. national foreign policy. Hosted by Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs, The Heritage Foundation.

Thursday May 01

May Day 2014

Location: Washington, DC
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 6:00 PM

The Free Market is under attack. Will you join the fight to protect it from the threats of this Administration? The U.S. Department of Justice is aggressively working to shut down dozens of industries, and we need YOU to help us stop it: From taking away your right to choose how big of a soda you drink, to taking away your healthcare choices; from destroying free-market industries like short-term loans and firearms sales through Operation Choke Point to killing access to expanded energy production and distribution such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, this isn't just an assault on our free-market industries. THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON OUR FREEDOMS. Here are some of the industries the President's Administration has put in the crosshairs: Ammunition and Firearm Sales, Home-Based Small Businesses, Firework Sales, Raffles and Sweepstakes, Private Sector Short-Term Loans, Home-Based Charities, Pharmaceutical Sales, and others. Will you join us in protecting the Free Market and our right to choose these goods and services? Events include Capitol Hill Meetings with Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate Wednesday and rallies Thursday. Sign up on line for more information.

Wednesday May 07

Cultivation Crew: Raise More Money Online

Location: Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Want to optimize online marketing for development? Revenue from donors who give online continues to grow but many free-market groups have yet to harness this powerful new way of reaching donors and raising money. This month's America's Future Foundation Cultivation Crew will feature Nathaniel Ward, Associate Director for Online Member Programs at the Heritage Foundation. He is frequent speaker on online marketing and optimization, including at the Marketing Sherpa Optimization Summit, the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Conference, and the Leadership Institute. Join us on May 7th at the Competitive Enterprise Institute to hear about online giving strategy from one of our movement's best experts on this topic. Register online. Free for AFF Members. $5 for Non-Members.

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