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Wednesday Aug 27

What is Really Happening on the Texas Border?

Location: State Capitol Legislative Conference Center E2.002, Austin, TX 78701
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:30 PM

The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo created what we know today as the United States – Mexico border. At 1,969 miles, Texas shares the longest border with Mexico with the most crossings; more than California, Arizona, and New Mexico combined. For most of modern history, this hasn't been a great concern, but it is today. However, with differing accounts amidst the debate over immigration, it is hard to know what is taking place. Come join the Texas Public Policy Foundation for an informative panel discussion to understand what really is happening along the Texas border.

Friday Aug 29

Defending the American Dream, Americans for Prosperity

Location: Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX
Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 6:30 PM

This summer the rich history of Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream continues with the 8th Annual Summit. In this banner event, free-market champions from Main Street to Capitol Hill come together for an unforgettable weekend with a shared desire to advance the time-honored ideals of economic freedom. All around us a battle of ideas rages, and the very fabric of American prosperity is under attack. Now more than ever, we must be alert, involved, and engaged in the fight for freedom and liberty. Join us August 29-30 to take part in cutting-edge activist training, get educated on relevant free market issues, meet and mingle with thousands of like-minded activists, and hear from top-tier speakers and panelists.

Sunday Aug 31

Mont Pelerin Society 2014 General Meeting

Location: Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong Hotel, Hong Kong
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM

The Mont Pelerin Society is an international organization founded in 1947 by Professor F.A. von Hayek composed of economists, senior government officials, Nobel laureates, journalists, legal scholars and public intellectuals from all over the world. They come every other year to present the most current analysis of ideas, trends and events. It is our honour to host The Mont Pelerin Society General Meeting 2014 in Hong Kong. The last time it was hosted here was in 1978. The late Sir John Cowperthwaite, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1961 to 1971, was a member of the Society and was instrumental in laying the foundations for a free economy and society in this city. Hong Kong is properly famous as a bastion of freedom, the rule of law, and individual initiative on the edge of a formerly rigid Communist dictatorship. The theme of our meeting is Emerging Asia and the Future of Liberty. The Program Committee has prepared a Program that looks to the future prospects for liberal reform in Asia, in China, in personal freedoms and the rule of law. Speakers will explore the different role of human capital in emerging Asia and the west. Ample time for discussion of these and other 21st century topics are planned.

Friday Sep 12

The Heartland Institute 30th Anniversary Benefit

Location: The Cotillion, Palatine, IL
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 10:30 PM

The Heartland Institute is celebrating 30 years of defending free enterprise, individual liberty, and limited government with a gala event on Friday, September 12. Heartland began as a one-man shop in donated office space with an annual budget of $27,000. Over the years we expanded our reach from Chicago and Illinois to the Midwest and then nationally. Today, Heartland is among the best known and most influential think tanks in the country. This year's anniversary benefit dinner celebrates what we've accomplished but also laments what still needs to be done. President Obama's effort to "transform" the country places our freedoms at greater risk than at any previous time in Heartland's existence. What the nation decides to do in November will affect the freedom and prosperity of the nation for many years to come. Please register today to attend this important but also fun event. Join us to hear our Keynote Speaker author, columnist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party champion, Michelle Malkin, deliver her address. Help the Heartland Institute honor M. Stanton Evans and his life dedicated to the cause of liberty. Our Master of Ceremonies, former congressman and current Chicago talk radio star Joe Walsh will bring his energy and passion to the stage. Come to meet old friends and make new ones, to hear excellent speakers, and to introduce friends to the freedom movement.

Monday Sep 15

Annual Air and Space Conference and Tech Exposition

Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 10:30 PM

The Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition is truly a one-of-a-kind event where AFA brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today. Past speakers at previous conferences include the Secretary of the Air Force, the USAF Chief of Staff, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and other top Air Force, government, and aerospace industry leaders. This event attracts the top echelon of USAF senior leadership, including the commanders of every USAF command. Also invited are military dignitaries from air forces worldwide. The Air and Space Conference offers attendees major conference addresses, forums and professional development workshops that focus on challenges and accomplishments unique to the Air Force and the aerospace community. The Technology Exposition features aerospace exhibitors from around the world that display and demonstrate the latest breakthroughs in air and space technology.

Thursday Sep 18

Eagle Forum Council 2014

Location: Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, Saint Louis, Missouri
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 10:00 PM

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

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 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.

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