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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.

Monday May 04

What Are Venture Exchanges and How Should They Be Regulated

Location: The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

The attractiveness of an investment is heavily influenced by whether the investment can be easily sold at a reasonable price when the investor decides to sell that investment. Venture exchanges have been proposed to create a robust, liquid secondary market for the securities of small and medium-sized companies. Properly done, these exchanges would help these dynamic companies raise capital and help their investors achieve a better return. Venture exchanges would help promote innovation, economic growth and job creation. The issue of whether to create venture exchanges is particularly relevant given the recent release of the SEC's new Regulation A+ final rule implementing Title IV of the JOBS Act. Venture exchanges could trade the securities issued by smaller public companies, and those issued under the JOBS Act Regulation A+ and crowdfunding provisions.

Tuesday May 05

Alexander Hamilton: Proto-Progressive or Conservative Founding Father?

Location: The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

How should conservatives understand the legacy of Alexander Hamilton? On the one hand, Hamilton, more than any other founder, was responsible for placing the newly established government of the United States on a sound financial footing and laying the groundwork for America's thriving capitalist economy. These are accomplishments that most conservatives will admire. On the other hand, in his own day, Hamilton was known as a strong proponent of an energetic national government and a broad interpretation of the national government's powers. These are positions many conservatives may well suspect. Was Hamilton a proto-progressive, a founding-era forerunner of the contemporary left's thirst for big government? Or was Hamilton within the mainstream of American constitutional conservatism, championing a vision of both active but also limited government? Join us for a program featuring three scholars of the American Founding as they discuss the political thought and statesmanship of this celebrated but controversial founder.

Tuesday May 05

Career Mobility for Youth and Young Adults: How Philanthropy Can Help

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Host: Philanthropy Roundtable

How can America's youth and young adults be better prepared to pursue fulfilling, challenging, and economically sustaining careers? Can Career and Technical Education (CTE) provide the missing piece in education reform and fuel a greater integration of career discovery, exploration and learning as part of the traditional educational experience? What are some of the most effective models on the education, workforce, and life stability front?

Tuesday May 05

Defining and Defeating the Global Islamist Insurgency

Location: The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

In many places around the globe, Islamist terrorism is surging. While drone strikes have helped degrade core al Qaeda leadership, ISIS now inspires Islamist extremist groups from North Africa to the Middle East. Efforts aimed at defeating the terrorists and the broader political threat of Islamism poses to liberal societies have been have been hampered by definitional issues. One side of the debate is unable to differentiate between Islam and the political ideology of Islamism, while the other denies the existence of any religious context at all. In the meantime, religious minorities and dissenters are suffering and local economies are failing under the continuing twin threat of terrorism and tyranny. Join us for a discussion of what the U.S. and the international community can do to address the many threats posed by violent Islamism and what components should constitute U.S. strategy moving forward.

Tuesday May 05

Free Speech and the Non-Profit Community: Freedom of Association vs. Forced Disclosure

Location: Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin, TX
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM

Host: Texas Public Policy Foundation

To what extent does the Constitution protect freedom of speech for non-profit groups relating to disclosure of donor information?

Does the public, or the government, have the right to know who supports your favorite organization?

Can free speech that is not anonymous lead to retaliation and persecution?

Join TPPF for a national debate on free speech and its role in civil discourse in the United States. At both the federal and state levels, powerful intersects are proposing potent restrictions against free speech in the name of transparency and fairness. At the national level, it is the IRS. In Texas, they have taken the form of proposed laws which seek to force disclosure of donors to non-profit groups that express their opinions on public policy.

Wednesday May 06

2015 Resource Bank: Strategies to Lead

Location: Bellevue, WA
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 12:00 PM

Join Leaders in the conservative movement for The Heritage Foundation's 2015 Resource Bank Meeting, May 6-8, 2015, in Bellevue, Washington! Resource Bank is a must-attend conference for today's top conservative leaders - policy experts, think tank CEOs, activists, and donors - filled with strategy sessions, networking, coalition building, and policy collaboration.

Wednesday May 06

Edge of Extinction: The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Iraq

Location: American Enterprise Institute
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: American Enterprise Institute

According to the Pew Research Center, "roughly a quarter of the world's countries are grappling with high levels of religious hostilities within their borders." As a result, the religious composition of many countries is rapidly changing: In Iraq, for example, the number of Christians has plummeted from approximately 1.5 million in 2005 to 300,000 today.

Former US Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) led a delegation from the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a newly launched religious freedom organization, to northern Iraq earlier this year. The delegation's trip report documents sharply deteriorating conditions for Iraq's religious and ethnic minority communities targeted by ISIS.

How should American foreign policy leaders address religious persecution in Iraq and around the globe? Please join us at AEI for a panel discussion with Wolf and two other religious freedom experts, Daniel Mark and Nina Shea.

Thursday May 07

20th Anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner

Location: New York, NY
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM

Host: Becket Fund

The Canterbury Medal is the Becket Fund's highest honor. It recognizes courage in the defense of religious liberty and is named for Canterbury Cathedral, where Thomas a Becket was martyred by the knights of King Henry II for his own defense of religious freedom. The Canterbury Medal is thus given annually to a leading figure who champions a vigorous role for religious ideas in the public square. This year's medalist, Barbara Green, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. Co-Founder, is honored for her vigorous public defense of religious freedom for all.

Thursday May 07

Campaign Finance and McCutcheon

Location: Federalist Society Chicago Student Chapter
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Host: Federalist Society

Join speaker Erin Murphy for a Federalist Society event on McCutcheon and campaign finance.

More information to come at fed-soc.org.

Thursday May 07

Fueling American Growth: How Energy Independence Will Power Our Transportation Future

Location: Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Host: Hudson Institute

The shale revolution has led to America's reemergence as an energy superpower in oil and natural gas. Can shale also trigger a transportation revolution in the United States? Will the advent of new "alternate" or future fuels enable new technology ranging from compressed and liquid natural gas-powered vehicles to ethanol and methanol derived from natural gas feedstock?

On May 7th, Hudson Institute will host a day-long conference to address the critical economic, political, and technological issues surrounding future fuels and their impact on America's energy security. John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil Company, will deliver the keynote address.

Panelists will discuss the lessons the U.S. can learn from other countries—and from its own automotive industry—in transitioning to alcohol fuels for vehicles and evaluate the risks and opportunities on the road ahead for a future fuel-driven transportation system. Panelists will also shed new light on the steps policymakers can take to create a common competitive market for future fuels that preserves the advantages of the free market while embracing technological breakthroughs.

Thursday May 07

Reforming the Regulatory State: Opportunities Before 2016

Location: American Action Forum, Washington, D.C.
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 10:30 AM

Host: American Action Forum

Join us for a Roundtable Discussion Featuring Doug Holtz-Eakin, Jeff Holmstead, Michael Ryan, and Mark Merritt.

Thursday May 07

The Islamic State's Religious Cleansing and the Urgency of a Strategic Response

Location: New York, NY
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Host: Hudson Institute

As military plans are being laid for an offensive to liberate Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from Islamic State militants, this conference will focus on the policies and strategies urgently needed to help the Middle East's vulnerable religious minorities.

Leading the discussion will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Hudson Distinguished Scholar Walter Russell Mead. They will be joined by experts from multiple pontifical humanitarian agencies, writers, and noted experts.

Nearly a year after the Islamic State swept through northern Iraq and enforced its convert-or-die ultimatum, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians and members of other ancient religions remain in encampments in Kurdistan and neighboring countries. They subsist on international humanitarian aid and their children lack access to education. Many are losing hope of ever returning to their homes and, with few options to resettle within the region, many are seeking to leave.

Is there any hope that these Christians and other religious minorities can remain in the Middle East?

Friday May 08

The Effects of Class Action Abuse on Your Wallet and the Nation's Business Climate

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 10:30 AM

Host: E-21 and the Center for Class Action Fairness

How much do class action suits cost the economy? With economic growth stalled at 2 percent, the answer is vital for economic growth. Some say that class action lawsuits require companies to engage in needless expense, sapping funds that could better be used for investment and hiring. Others say that the threat of class action lawsuits raises the quality of services and goods in the United States and enables consumers to have more confidence in the products they choose.

Join us for a lively debate between Ted Frank, founder and president of the non-profit Center for Class Action Fairness, and Vanderbilt University Law School professor Fitzpatrick. The non-profit Center for Class Action Fairness was founded in 2009 to fight against abusive class action settlements and has won numerous appellate landmark decisions against excessive attorneys' fees. Professor Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt focuses on class action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection and constitutional law.

Friday May 08

The Future of the Himalayas

Location: New York, NY
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute, the Observer Research Foundation, and the Office of the Gyalwang Drukpa will host to a half-day conference on Friday, May 8th at the Peninsula Hotel in New York. The Future of the Himalayas conference aims to provoke discussion about the area's strategic, ecological, and cultural importance, as well as the critical challenges confronting the Himalayan region today.

The 1500-mile extension of the Himalayan mountain range occupies a critical geostrategic location traversing India, Bhutan, China, Nepal, and Pakistan. The Himalayas are a significant source of defense, agriculture, energy, and tourism for the nations they occupy. Yet the region faces a number of security challenges including the disputed India-China border, the question of Tibet, and the illicit use of the border by drug and arms traffickers, insurgent groups, and terrorists.

The remote geography of the Himalayas contributes to the region's inadequate infrastructure, poor connectivity, shortage of industries, and lack of a viable service sector. These factors in turn have led to economic, environmental, and sociocultural problems. Various indigenous languages, cultures, and lifestyles are under threat from external influences and ideas, as in the case of Tibet. Further, rising unemployment, declining economic investment, and a high rate of emigration from the region have worsened the situation.

Saturday May 09

South Carolina Freedom Summit

Location: The Peace Center, SC
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:30 PM

Host: Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan

We are teaming up to bring grassroots activists from across South Carolina and the surrounding area to hear directly from national conservative leaders at the South Carolina Freedom Summit. With the critically important South Carolina Primary less than a year away, the Summit will be a launch point for conservative ideas as we head towards 2016.

The Freedom Summit will focus on how we can get America back on track by focusing on our core conservative principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense.

Monday May 11

An Update on Energy in the State of Texas

Location: Institute for Policy Innovation
Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Start Time: 6:30 AM
End Time: 9:00 AM

Host: Institute for Policy Innovation

Throughout her career, Christi Craddick has been retained as legal counsel by prominent Texas firms, specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy, and has spent more than a decade as a trusted political adviser in Austin.

Since her tenure on the Commission began in November 2012, Craddick has pushed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of an energy industry that is driving the state's economic success. Making it a top priority, she has worked to educate the public about the oil and gas industry and its impact in Texas. Craddick has advocated for recycling in the oilfields, helping to drive the percentage of reclaimed water upwards, an essential achievement in a state enduring a multi-year drought. As part of her efforts to modernize the agency, she has championed an Information Technology overhaul for the Commission, seeking improvements that would upgrade the Geographic Information System, increase public access to the agency's data, and speed up inspections and permitting times.

Monday May 11

The Benefits of Imports

Location: The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C.
Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

May 11 marks the start of the fourth annual "Imports Work Week." U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner recently observed: "I don't think those who are involved in trade have done a very good job of helping the American people understand the benefits of trade and why in fact it's good for America." This is especially true when it comes to the benefits imports bring to U.S. families and workers. Our panelists will discuss an idea that is controversial on Capitol Hill, but unites nearly all economists: Imports are good for America.

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