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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.

Monday Sep 29

<i> Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department </i>

Location: Union League Club, Chicago
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: Federalist Society/The Heartland Institute

In their new book, Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department, Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund present an analysis of the Attorney General's role in advancing the administration's political agenda, as well as his responsibilities as a "heat shield," protecting the president on numerous fronts. From "Fast and Furious" to the unprecedented surveillance of journalists, Eric Holder's Justice Department has become the dark side of the Obama Administration. The Attorney General is at the center of a growing list of scandals and congressional investigations. Obama's Enforcer uncovers how the DOJ has become a hotbed of left-wing legal activism. It delves into the close personal association of Holder and Obama, describes the politicization of the Department of Justice, and provides in-depth portraits of the radical lawyers in Holder's inner circle.

Speakers:

John Fund, Columnist, National Review, and Senior Editor, The American Spectator

Special Introductory remarks by Joseph Morris, Partner, Morris & De La Rosa and former Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Office of Liaison Services U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Tuesday Sep 30

Strengthening Society: What Progress on Life Can Teach Us for Challenges Facing the Family

Location: Allison Auditorium
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 10:30 AM

Host: Heritage Foundation/The National Review Institute

Panel 1: Life Lessons for Restoring our Culture
Chuck Donovan, Charlotte Lozier Institute
Paul Isaacs, Save the Storks
Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Institute (moderator)

Panel 2: Tackling the Challenges Facing the Family
Christine Kim, The Heritage Foundation
Brad Wilcox, National Marriage Project
Jennifer Marshall, The Heritage Foundation (moderator)

Decades of pro-life effort in law and culture have led to a declining abortion rate. But many other cultural indicators are heading in the wrong direction, as reported in the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity published by The Heritage Foundation. As we track trends in marriage, divorce, childbearing, and related issues, what will it take to open the doors to opportunity for all Americans?

Wednesday Oct 01

Cato Policy Forum and Luncheon 2014

Location: Charlotte Country Club
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Cato Institute

Featuring John A. Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute, Retired Chairman and CEO, BB&T; and Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

Please join us for an informative policy luncheon and intimate discussion with John Allison, president and CEO of the Cato Institute, and Dan Mitchell, Cato senior fellow and tax policy expert.

John Allison will discuss "The Philosophical Fight for the Future of America"—the battle of ideas and morality between Progressive collectivism and free market capitalism 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.

Next, Dan Mitchell will address America's dire long-term budgetary position—a present and tangible policy problem resulting from the application of Progressive ideology. Left on auto-pilot, the United States will suffer a Greek-style fiscal collapse. Mitchell will examine the grim data as well as propose practical reforms that could save America and restore limited government.

Wednesday Oct 01

The Economics of Net Neutrality

Location: Hudson Institute
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 AM

Host: Hudson Institute

Network neutrality regulation, currently under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission, could have substantial economic effects on the Internet and investment in Internet infrastructure. On October 1st, Hudson Institute's Center for the Economics of the Internet is pleased to welcome Professor Tom Hazlett of Clemson University to discuss the potential impact of network neutrality regulation. Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Hudson Institute senior fellow and director of the Center for the Economics of the Internet, will moderate the discussion.

Hazlett's scholarship builds on Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase's analysis of property rights and their application to broadcast spectrum. He has written several groundbreaking papers identifying the excessive costs of regulations, particularly those imposed by the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to his scholarly work, Hazlett has contributed to policy debates by testifying before Congress and authoring numerous op-eds on a wide range of economic topics.


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.

Wednesday Oct 08

James Madison Award Dinner

Location: Yale Club, New York
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Host: New York City Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society

The New York City Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society invites you to its James Madison Award Dinner honoring

THE HONORABLE LORETTA A. PRESKA
Chief United States District Judge
Southern District of New York
Recipient of our
James Madison Award

Remarks and Presentation of the Award by
Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey

with a musical performance by
Uncommon Chord, a NY-based jazz/pop vocal ensemble under the direction of Scott Stein

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.

Thursday Oct 09

2014 Fall Briefing: An Evening with Mark Steyn

Location: Minneapolis Orchestra Hall
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Host: Center of the American Experiment

Please join us on Thursday, October 9 when Mark Steyn keynotes Center of the American Experiment's 2014 Fall Briefing at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Mr. Steyn is a brilliant, brave, and prolific commentator. He's also an extraordinarily funny one, although what he writes and talks about – as in his internationally best-selling book After America: Get Ready for Armageddon and as one of Rush Limbaugh's prime substitute hosts – are some of the least funny problems facing the United States and other free nations.

A frequent way of introducing speakers is to say they are an "invaluable voice." Mark Steyn's voice shouting "heads up" is exactly that. It also has been known to cause audiences to double over in laughter and geopolitical pain simultaneously – albeit with the former regularly prevailing.

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 Oct 28

Dodd-Frank: The Fallout

Location: 190 South LaSalle Street, Chicago
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM

Host: Illinois Policy Institute

The Dodd-Frank Act is considered by some to be the most significant financial legislation in modern history. The Obama administration urged prompt and full implementation of theact as a response to the 2008 financial crisis and as an inoculation against future crises. But policy decisions early in the implementation process made it nearly impossible for regulators to enact smart and well-coordinated regulations.

After tens of thousands of pages of new rules – as well as several after-the-fact clarifications made outside of the formal rule-making process – is the U.S. financial system safer, stronger and more efficient? Has any aspect of Dodd-Frank or its implementation really done anything to prevent a future crisis?

Among its many novelties, Dodd-Frank created a body of presidential appointees, called the Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC, with the authority to subject non-bank financial entities to the Federal Reserve's "prudential" supervision. What an overlay of bank-style regulation will mean for nonbanks active in capital markets is unclear, but there is great potential for unanticipated and harmful consequences. Moreover, the FSOC's decisions have enormous implications for the U.S. economy as a whole and for investors in our capital markets – a point to which members of Congress are increasingly alert.

Our speaker, The Hon. Jill E. Sommers, a former Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with extensive experience in Washington, D.C., will put these issues into perspective, offering expert insight into their economic and policy implications.


Tuesday Oct 28

Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Annual Dinner

Location: University Club of Milwaukee
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM

Host: Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

Author, subject of the acclaimed film I.O.U.S.A., and founder of the Comeback America Initiative, Walker is the nation's most authoritative voice on the long-term repercussions of our ever-growing, $70 trillion-plus national debt. He wonders what the founders of this country would say and warns that modern problems – including fiscal irresponsibility and the lack of political civility – are eerily similar to what precipitated the fall of the Roman Republic.

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.

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