Calendar

Monday Dec 01

Happy Hour: Defending Liberty in Ohio

Location: Toledo Club, Toledo, OH
Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

Mr. Maurice Thompson will be speaking on "Defending Liberty in Ohio." He will focus on the Ohio Constitution's guarantees of liberty (comparing its protections with those in the U.S. Constitution) and will discuss the Ohio courts' performance in enforcing those guarantees. Professor Lee Strang of the University of Toledo Law School will offer a brief commentary on Mr. Thompson's remarks.

Monday Dec 01

Uber and Innovating in a Regulatory Regime

Location: Federalist Society Chicago Student Chapter
Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Host: Federalist Society

Join Uber Chicago's Chris Taylor and Sal Churi at a Federalist Society event discussing transportation innovations, disruptive technologies, and the future of the transportation regulatory regime.

More on this event to come at fed-soc.org.

Monday Dec 01

Americans Living in a Dangerous World: What's a Bankrupt Republic Do?

Location: Jacksonville Downtown Library, Jacksonville, FL
Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

Join the Federalist Society in welcoming Doug Bandow as the featured speaker on the financial future of bankrupt democracies. Mr. Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and as editor of the political magazine Inquiry, and he writes regularly for publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Mr. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. He has also been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.

Tuesday Dec 02

Vision Talks: America's Future in Focus - Education that Works

Location: National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM

Host: American Enterprise Institute

AEI's exclusive Vision Talks series convenes America's leading scholars, thinkers, and practitioners to offer fresh perspectives on key areas of policy and public debate. These talks will be filmed and disseminated as standalone videos, such as Robert Doar's "What works in helping the poor?" talk.

In the United States, we think of education as the key to equal opportunity. But while spending on education is higher than ever, student achievement — particularly for disadvantaged students — has not kept pace.

Myriad government efforts to improve educational attainment have shown mixed results at best. Is conventional thought on reforming education misguided? Is there a better way to foster excellence? What can parents, educators, and citizens do about it, and how can they make an effective case for change?

Please join us for four concise talks on why America needs to rethink education, what that thinking looks like in practice, and how compelling communication can turn ideas into action.

RSVP at aei.org!

Tuesday Dec 02

Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series: Byron York

Location: Renaissance Dallas Hotel
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: National Center for Policy Analysis

Byron York will provide our attendees with a unique and extraordinary impact of the mid-terms elections. What those results may signal to the upcoming presidential elections of 2016. This event is one you will not want to miss – secure your tickets today.

Byron York is the chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner. York joined in early 2009 after his work as White House correspondent for National Review magazine and a columnist for The Hill. Byron is a no nonsense, hard-hitting journalist that tells the story and credits his faithful readers in being able to determine facts from fiction.

Tuesday Dec 02

Whistleblowers, Leaks, and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security

Location: Lehrman Auditorium, The Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: The Heritage Foundation

Whistleblowers, Leaks, and the Media is a broad-based introduction to the legal and policy issues regarding the media's coverage of national security. A joint project of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, it is a compilation of essays looking at the constitutional foundations and limitations of the U.S. government in a contemporary context. It examines how laws and freedom collide in cases where individuals leak information to the media. The book also explains how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted laws that pit freedoms against government interests and considers how the Internet world and big data are affecting privacy.

Tuesday Dec 02

Helping Youth with Disabilities Flourish: Improving Outcomes for Children in the Supplemental Security Income Program

Location: American Enterprise Institute
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Hosts: American Enterprise Institute / Brookings Institution

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash assistance to the families of low-income children with disabilities. Program enrollment has risen faster than can be explained by changes in demographics, health, or income. More concerning is that SSI youth suffer low levels of educational attainment and low work rates, and trends are similar for adults who grew up on the program. Additional steps need to be taken to understand and curb these trends.

Please join AEI and the Brookings Institution for a conference featuring researchers, SSI administrators, field staff, and youth representatives to discuss the SSI youth program, efforts to improve it, and new avenues for improving the life outcomes of youth with disabilities.

RSVP or watch online at aei.org!

Wednesday Dec 03

Cato Institute Polilcy Perspectives 2014

Location: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Cato Institute

Featuring Randy Barnett, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute and Director, Georgetown Center for the Constitution; Eric O'Keefe, Director and Treasurer, Wisconsin Club for Growth; John Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute; Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve University; and Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

Wednesday Dec 03

States & Nation Policy Summit

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 PM

Host: American Legislative Exchange Council

As America's largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state lawmakers, ALEC brings together legislators, policy experts and business leaders to exchange and share ideas. The ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit, in Washington, D.C., is a fantastic opportunity to join the conversation on limited government and free market policies.

Washington, D.C. visitors enjoy access to an impressive list of free and fascinating attractions, from the powerful monuments and memorials on the National Mall to inspiring cultural treasures like the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art. A diverse and beautiful world capital, D.C. invites visitors to step beyond these federal landmarks to explore charming neighborhoods like historic Georgetown, eclectic Adams-Morgan and trendy U Street. Washington, D.C.'s neighborhoods tempt visitors with chic boutiques, hip new restaurants and bars, world-class theaters, art galleries and peaceful parks and gardens.

Register now at alec.org!

Wednesday Dec 03

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations

Location: Cato Institute Hayek Auditorium
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM

Host: Cato Institute

What happens when the biggest businesses in the world are accused of committing crimes? What should happen? Too Big to Jail peers into the hidden world of corporate prosecutions, revealing how Justice Department lawyers have used settlements, non-prosecution agreements, deferred prosecution agreements, and plea bargains to exact billions of dollars from corporate defendants—without ever going to court. This lack of judicial oversight creates a very real danger that justice is not being served: the guilty can literally buy their way out of prosecution, while others are forced to pay fines grossly disproportionate to any offense. Please join us for an in-depth discussion with two scholars whose work is on the cutting edge of an emerging national debate.

Attend in person or watch online at cato.org!

Wednesday Dec 03

Take Off or Landing? The UK's Aviation Policy - Is It a Policy for Economic Growth

Location: Institute of Economic Affairs, London, England
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM

Host: Institute of Economic Affairs

The Institute of Economic Affairs invites you to a panel discussion on the future of aviation in the UK.

Key questions will include:

  • Does the UK need a ‘Mega Hub' airport or will a trend towards high-frequency direct flights make the economic case for hubs obsolete?
  • Who is best placed to decide on such matters – a government commission, elected representatives, transport economists, airport operators, or none of the above?
  • Is Gatwick's recent proposal to financially compensate local residents a step in the right direction, and if so, can we hardwire the logic of this approach into the system rather than relying on ad hoc proposals? Are there better options?
  • How strong is the economic case for airport expansion?
  • Is airport expansion compatible with the UK's carbon reduction targets?

Thursday Dec 04

Alabama Policy Institute 25th Anniversary Banquet

Location: Cahaba Grand Conference Center, Birmingham, AL
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 9:30 PM

Host: Alabama Policy Institute

Come celebrate the Alabama Policy Institute's 25th Anniversary with guest speaker Governor Bobby Jindal! Call or visit alabamapolicy.org to reserve a table and buy tickets!

Thursday Dec 04

A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to America's Age of Entitlement - 10th Anniversary Edition

Location: Lehrman Auditorium, The Heritage Foundation
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: The Heritage Foundation

Many history professors have allowed their biases to distort the way America's past is taught, searching for instances of racism, sexism, and bigotry in our history while downplaying the greatness of America's patriots, founders, and heroes and their achievements.

In A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart, Professor of History at the University of Dayton, and his co-author Michael Allen revise, update, and expand their original work in correcting these doctrinaire biases. They reexamine America's discovery, founding, and development with an appreciation for the elements of public virtue, personal liberty, and private property that make this nation uniquely successful. A Patriot's History of the United States makes a convincing case that America has constantly been a force for good in the world, improving standards of living, introducing innovations, guaranteeing liberty, and offering opportunities to those who had none elsewhere

Attend in person, or watch online at heritage.org

Thursday Dec 04

The Future of U.S. Economic Growth

Location: The Cato Institute Hayek Auditorium
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:30 AM

Host: Cato Institute

The Great Recession ended over five years ago, so why does the U.S. economy remain so sluggish? Fears are mounting that growth rates well below the long-term historical trend line may now be the "new normal." Labor-force participation has been falling, while growth in labor skills has slowed considerably. Furthermore, the main engine of innovation—the "creative destruction" of entrepreneurial dynamism—appears to be sputtering, as the rates of both gross job creation and destruction and new firm formation have been declining steadily. Meanwhile, some experts even argue that the low-hanging fruit of major transformative breakthroughs has already been plucked and that, consequently, technological progress itself is winding down.

The purpose of this conference is to assess the long-term growth outlook of the U.S. economy and explore what policy changes might be needed to arrest and reverse the growth slowdown. We will bring together top economists and other experts for a full-day conference on these vital issues, with the first three sessions devoted to diagnosis of the key problems and the final two sessions focused on prescriptions for growth-enhancing policy reforms.

Attend in person or watch online at cato.org!

Thursday Dec 04

Todd Zywicki Book Panel

Location: George Mason University Founders Auditorium
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Host: Mercatus Center

In their new book, Consumer Credit and the American Economy, authors Thomas A. Durkin, Gregory Elliehausen, and Michael E. Staten, and Todd Zywicki examine the economics, behavioral science, sociology, history, institutions, law and regulation of consumer credit in the United States. It looks at why Americans use credit in their everyday lives and the implications of credit use for the American economy and government regulation. This examination challenges stereotypical views and provides an economically informed way of looking at how and why consumers use credit and how it is regulated.

We will be pleased to hear from one of the authors, Todd Zywicki, as well as chair, Peter Boettke, and commenters, Steven Pearlstein and Joshua Wright.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jason Wilbanks at Jwilbanks@mercatus.gmu.edu

Thursday Dec 04

Yankee Institute 30th Anniversary Gala

Location: Stamford Sheraton
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Host: Yankee Institute

Please join us on Thursday, December 4th at the Stamford Sheraton for the Yankee Institute's 30th Anniversary Gala. We'll be celebrating with special guest and Champion of Freedom award recipient Larry Kudlow!

VIP Reception 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Includes photo opportunity, complimentary drinks and light hors d'oeuvres
$400 per couple, $250 per person

Yankee Reception 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages to be served
$250 per couple, $150 per person

A limited number of reserved tables are also available on a first come/first served basis.
Business Attire.

Friday Dec 05

Bipartisan Energy Policy: The Solution or the Problem?

Location: Hudson Institute, Washington, DC
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 AM

Host: Hudson Institute

Will the 114th Congress bring meaningful compromise on energy reform? Peter Grossman, Butler University economics professor and author of U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure, contends that bipartisan compromise is possible and has led to policy change in the past. However, that change has almost always been bad for the country.

Bipartisanship, Professor Grossman notes, has given us ill-conceived and wasteful programs for synthetic fuels, breeder reactors, "super cars," windmills, and ethanol. Professor Grossman believes that the problem runs much deeper than the current president or balance of parties in Congress. He argues U.S. energy policy has been premised on false concepts of markets, government, technology, and history for the past forty years.

Sunday Dec 07

Pearl Harbor Day

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday Dec 08

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas: Fighting Contraband, Upholding Civil Liberties

Location: Texas State Capitol
Date: Monday, December 8, 2014
Start Time: 11:30 AM

Host: Texas Public Policy Foundation

Civil asset forfeiture is a common practice in Texas, part of the $46+ million that agencies receive from self-directed forfeiture proceedings each year. Unlike criminal forfeiture, there is a much weaker burden-of-proof to meet for the government to take complete control of the property.

Forfeiture proceedings are an indispensable tool in law enforcement, allowing police and prosecutors to turn the ill-gotten fruits of criminals to cash and real property used to fight crime. However, some property seizures and subsequent forfeitures are made without a criminal conviction on mere suspicion alone. This has been abused by county and municipal officials, with some of the money seized being paid directly to organizations that resist reforming the practice.

Complimentary lunch will be provided!

Tuesday Dec 09

Maximalist: American Foreign Policy form Truman to Obama

Location: National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM

Host: The Foreign Policy Research Institute

In his new book, Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich examines American foreign policy since the end of WWII, capturing not only its extraordinary achievements but the diplomatic missteps, intellectual confusion, and political discord from which they usually emerge. Sestanovich makes clear that U.S. diplomacy has always stirred controversy, both at home and abroad. He shows how successive administrations have struggled to find new solutions, alternating between bold "maximalist" strategies and retrenchment efforts to downsize America's role. Ambassador Sestanovich is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis professor of international diplomacy at Columbia University. From 1997 to 2001, he served as U.S. ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union. He has also served as vice president for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, director of Soviet and East European studies at CSIS, and senior director for policy development at the NSC.

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