• If you are a military or naval officer, consider applying for the John Jay Institute’s Saratoga Fellows Program. “The program,” says the Institute, “is designed to prepare officers with the formation necessary to be principled leaders in the Armed Forces of the United States. It aims to address the central need for military leaders to understand our civilization’s intellectual and moral tradition and to thoughtfully engage in public discourse with a civil, reasoned and principled manner that underlies the officer’s calling to public service and the profession of arms.” The program is free to attendees, who are selected on merit. The deadline for applying for the summer term is January 11.
• Learn about the future of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. On December 5, at 1 p.m., The Heritage Foundation will host a panel discussion examining the role of U.S.-Israel cooperation on missile defense.
• Celebrate excellence in teaching. The John William Pope Center’s Spirit of Inquiry Awards Dinner will honor “North Carolina professors whose courses embody a spirit of inquiry within an academic discipline.” The dinner begins at 6 p.m., December 6, 2012 at the Capital City Club in Raleigh, N.C.
• Pennsylvania teachers, check out the Commonwealth Foundation’s new website, Free to Teach. It’s a resource and platform for teachers who want an seeking an alternative to teachers union’s agenda of forced unionization and public monopolization.
• Learn how to do new media. Apply for a spot in PolicyMic’s Digital Media Bootcamp. The program let’s you do the work on your own time.
• Wonder how politicians use graphics to make their case? Think tanks do it all the time. Now there’s an easy way to see how graphics influence the political debate. Floor Charts is a new website that archives all the CSPN shots of graphics used on the Senate floor. Check it out.
• Check out these various video offerings: Dorian Electra explains with song how easy money policies dis-coordinates the economy; Anne Applebaum’s Bradley Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute recounts Stalin’s crushing of Eastern Europe; and a panel at The Heritage Foundation explores the need for wind power to compete without subsidies.
(And check our Conservative Calendar for more things to do!)