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Tuesday Apr 28

Donor Privacy: How Much Is Enough?

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Host: Mackinac Center

Americans have a rich tradition of financially supporting charitable organizations and political causes. In recent years, lawmakers and regulators have proposed requiring these organizations and causes to disclose the identity of their donors.

The Mackinac Center's Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate, Donor Privacy: How Much is Enough, will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.

The debate will feature Bradley A. Smith, a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission and chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, and Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

We are pleased to welcome Shelley Irwin, host and producer of The WGVU Morning Show from 9-11 a.m., as moderator and debate facilitator for the event.

Tuesday Apr 28

Maintaining Focus on North Korea Human Rights Violations

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

A year ago, the UN Commission of Inquiry condemned the North Korea government for "systemic, widespread, and gross violations of human rights" of such a monumental scale as to constitute crimes against humanity. The commission report shocked and energized the international community to action on North Korean human rights abuses.

But what can be done to maintain U.S. and U.N. focus on improving conditions for the North Korean people? Join us as distinguished panels of North Korean defectors and human rights experts discuss potential follow-on actions.

Tuesday Apr 28

Serving Veterans and The Families: The Vital Role In Civil Society of Veterans Service Organizations

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM

Today's all-volunteer military has served with distinction and honor. At war for over a decade, our fighting men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces make us proud. Some have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and scores of others have been wounded, both physically and psychologically. Those wounded personnel are entitled to superior government medical care and dignified service from the Veteran's Administration. But wounded vets don't want our pity or a handout---they fought for the blessings of this country to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for their fellow soldiers, their families, and their countrymen. As conservatives, we know that liberty depends on the "little platoons of society" as Edmund Burke said. Since 9/11, a unique brand of voluntary association has arisen---veteran service organizations. These non-profit little platoons of society help veterans or their family members in myriad of ways, from taking wounded veterans fly fishing, to college scholarships for surviving children, to counseling services and more. Join us as we highlight the work of three outstanding non-profit veterans services organizations, told through the eyes of those who run these little platoons of civil society.

Wednesday Apr 29

2015 National Security Symposium

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

The Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group invites you to join us for our 2015 National Security Symposium on April 29 in Washington, D.C. They Symposium will include panels on "How to Manage the Intelligence Community" and "Are We @ Cyberwar, and if So, What Should we Do About It." It will also include a luncheon address by National Review Institute Senior Fellow Andrew C. McCarthy.

Wednesday Apr 29

Improving Opportunity for Black Men: The Role of Economics, Culture, and Policy

Location: AEI
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: AEI

Black men in the United States are struggling on many fronts. Their employment rates have fallen dramatically since 2000, and faster than those of their white peers. Large racial gaps in educational attainment, family stability, and incarceration persist. Yet at the same time, black men have shaped mainstream popular culture in powerful ways.

What role have economic factors played in this struggle? How do the complex subcultures that black men navigate affect these issues? And in what ways can public policy and cultural attitudes be engaged to improve the prospects of black men?
AEI welcomes you to hear a panel of distinguished experts discuss this important topic.

Wednesday Apr 29

Improving Opportunity for Black Men: The Role of Economics, Culture, and Policy

Location: American Enterprise Institute
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: American Enterprise Institute

Black men in the United States are struggling on many fronts. Their employment rates have fallen dramatically since 2000, and faster than those of their white peers. Large racial gaps in educational attainment, family stability, and incarceration persist. Yet at the same time, black men have shaped mainstream popular culture in powerful ways.

What role have economic factors played in this struggle? How do the complex subcultures that black men navigate affect these issues? And in what ways can public policy and cultural attitudes be engaged to improve the prospects of black men?
AEI welcomes you to hear a panel of distinguished experts discuss this important topic.

Wednesday Apr 29

Innovative Ideas for Financing Roads in Oregon

Location: Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland, OR
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Host: Cascade Policy Institute

The City of Portland is grappling with ways to pay for the rising costs of maintaining and building roads. The Oregon Department of Transportation is facing a similar problem with the state highway system. Adrian Moore is Vice President of the Reason Foundation and an international expert in transportation finance policy. His presentation will feature the latest innovations in highway, tunnel, bridge and road finance from around the world, with commentary about how these ideas might be applicable to Oregon.

Wednesday Apr 29

Marriage at the Supreme Court: What We Heard at the Argument

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases concerning whether states will remain free to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Join a panel of legal experts—including two former Supreme Court clerks—to discuss what they heard at the Court, and what that portends for the future of marriage and the future of constitutional self-government.

Wednesday Apr 29

Transparency in State Government

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Conservatives achieved historic victories in the 2010 elections at the federal and state levels by riding a wave of discontent over federal overreach and fiscal profligacy. But undergirding these concerns was frustration over a deeper problem: the culture of secrecy maintained by public officials to ensure that their decisions be insulated from public scrutiny. Conservatives who took office in 2011 recognized quickly that no effort to rein in government overreach could be successful over the long term unless paired with a sustained focus on increasing transparency and accountability.

Thursday Apr 30

Cato Institute Policy Forum and Luncheon 2015

Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: Cato

Please join us for an informative policy luncheon and intimate discussion with John Allison, president and CEO of the Cato Institute and author of The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why the Future of Business Depends on the Return to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; and David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute and author of the newly released book The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom.

John Allison will discuss the philosophical fight for the future of America—the battle of ideas and morality between capitalism and progressive collectivism that will define the future well being of America. These divergent world views are not reconcilable and lead to radically different public policy outcomes. Cato's president will examine the threat posed by the proliferation of statist ideas, as well as ways to increase public understanding of the merits of individual liberty and limited government.

David Boaz, a key voice in the libertarian movement, will address several policy issues as they relate to the future of freedom in America. From the rapid rise to prominence of Senator Rand Paul to the state-level movements to legalize gay marriage and marijuana, the philosophy of fiscal conservatism, social tolerance, and restrained foreign policy seems to be gaining currency in American politics. In light of recent setbacks for individual liberty, Cato's executive vice president will discuss how we can get back on the path to freedom, free markets, limited government, and peace at this auspicious "libertarian moment."

Thursday Apr 30

Come Hear NY Times Best Selling Author James Rickards

Location: Dallas, TX
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM

Host: NCPA

James Rickards is Chief Global Strategist at the West Shore Funds, Editor of Strategic Intelligence, a monthly newsletter, and Director of The James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics + global capital. He is the author of New York Times best seller, The Death of Money (Penguin, 2014), and national best seller, Currency Wars (Penguin, 2011). He is a portfolio manager, lawyer, and economist, and has held senior positions at Citibank, Long-Term Capital Management, and Caxton Associates. In 1998, he was the principal negotiator of the rescue of LTCM sponsored by the Federal Reserve. His clients include institutional investors and government directorates. He is an Op-Ed contributor to the Financial Times, Evening Standard, New York Times and Washington Post, and has been interviewed on BBC, CNN, NPR, CSPAN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rickards is a visiting lecturer in globalization at the Johns Hopkins University and the School of Advanced International Studies, and has delivered papers on risk at Singularity University, the Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is an advisor on capital markets to the U.S. intelligence community and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Rickards holds an LL.M. (Taxation) from the NYU School of Law; a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; an M.A. in international economics from SAIS, and a B.A. (with honors) from Johns Hopkins.

Thursday Apr 30

The Economic Value of Teacher Quality

Location: Kansas City, MO
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM

Host: Show-Me Institute

Stanford University's Eric Hanushek puts the value of quality teaching in stark economic terms. Place even a slightly above-average teacher in front of a class of 20, and the resultant gain is more than $400,000 in future earnings over the earnings of students exposed to an average teacher. Replacing the bottom 5 to 8 percent of teachers with average instructors, he says, could lift the U.S. near the top of international math and science rankings.

Thursday Apr 30

IPI's 10th Annual World IP Day Celebration

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host:The Institute for Policy Innovation

Please join the Institute for Policy Innovation for our
signature event celebrating World Intellectual Property Day.

Thursday Apr 30

The EPA's and Corps' "Waters of the U.S." Rule: Separating Fact from Fiction

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a controversial Clean Water Act rule that would seek to expand their regulatory power over almost any type of water in the nation. What types of waters would the proposed rule cover? Is it an expansion of existing law? The agencies argue that the rule is consistent with Supreme Court precedent—is this accurate? Is the rule consistent with the language and intent of the Clean Water Act? This panel will answer these questions, discuss practical implications for property owners, and provide the facts about the rule while dispelling the myths. In addition, there will be discussion as to what Congress should do to stop this major power grab. Recently, the agencies sent a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget for its approval. The final rule could soon become a reality.

Thursday Apr 30

The Supreme Court Reviews the USDA's "Great Raisin Heist" & State Laws on Traditional Marriage

Location: The Claremont Institute
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Claremont Institute

Since the New Deal, the USDA's Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) has managed the supply of raisins through yearly marketing orders to farmers. The RAC instructs them as to how much of their crop they must turn over to the government and what compensation they will receive in return. In 2003, the Hornes, who manage a small family farm, decided they would not hand over the 30% of their crop required that year without compensation. The Supreme Court heard their case on April 22.

Next, Dr. Eastman will be joined by supporters of and opponents of same sex marriage to discus the case where the Supreme Court will finally consider the legality of state laws upholding traditional marriage.

Friday May 01

National Security Implications of New Oil and Gas Production

Location: Cato Institute
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: Cato Institute

In a 2013 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would continue to safeguard the "free flow of energy… to the world," even as the shale revolution ushers in an unprecedented increase in oil and natural gas production here at home. New oil and gas production technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, and deepwater drilling, have already begun to redraw the map of energy production. Because oil is traded in a global market, increased domestic production does not insulate the U.S. from supply shocks and price volatility. But even if the move toward "energy independence" makes little difference to U.S. national security, changes in the geography of energy production could still have an important impact.

A major new study investigates how changing trade flows and energy revenues affect U.S. national security via two potential mechanisms: shifts in U.S. bilateral relationships with oil-exporting countries and disruptions in regional security. Join us as the lead researcher, Eugene Gholz, presents the findings, followed by comments and discussion among experts in the field.

Friday May 01

Right Online 2015

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Host: Americans for Prosperity Foundation

This conference is about advancing liberty and prosperity for all Americans by leading the way to more effective and informed online activism.

Today, RightOnline is known as a best-in-class event featuring highly sought after speakers and panels. Our attendees come for the incredible learning environment, networking opportunities, cutting edge content, and inspiration generated by like minded advocates for liberty.

Monday May 04

"Never Give In- Never, Never, Never": Teaching WWII In Schools

Location: Boston, MA
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 10:30 AM

Host: Pioneer Institute

Join us as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with a forum on teaching World War II in schools, featuring two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians and a panel of experts and practitioners in education and history.

Monday May 04

South Africa: The Next Ten Years

Location: Cato Institute
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: Cato Institute

"South Africa is sliding downhill while much of the rest of the continent is clawing its way up," so wrote The Economist in 2013. For over two decades, South Africa has basked in the glow of a peaceful transition from apartheid to majority rule, but the country's endemic corruption, high crime rate, and failing public services can no longer be ignored. Some even wonder if the misrule by the African National Congress could turn South Africa into a Zimbabwe-like failed state. Frans Cronje and Vukasin Petrovic will discuss the likely future of political and economic developments in South Africa.

Monday May 04

The Greek Elections, The Euroepean Union, and Free Market Economics

Location: John Locke Foundation, Raleigh, NC
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: John Locke Foundation

In this presentation, Professor Papalas will discuss the emergence of a Marxist government in Greece, which aims at renouncing the agreements that previous Greek governments have made with the European Union (EU). He will argue that the economic disaster in Greece has been brought about by the left-wing policies of the EU. If Greece had not entered the Euro-Zone and if the EU had not tried to micromanage the affairs of Greece, the professor says, the country would be in relatively sound financial shape without having to deal with radical parties on the left and right.

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