Calendar

Saturday Jan 31

Vancouver Student Seminar

Location: The Marriott Pinnacle, Vancouver, BC
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Host: Fraser Institute

Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.

Tuesday Feb 03

Introduction to Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities: The U.S. Military's Role to Support and Defend

Location: Lehrman Auditorium
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

The application of our Armed Forces within the states and territories of the United States is far from intuitive. The challenges of defending the country against assaults within the homeland are much more complex than engaging our enemies on foreign soil. Likewise, the introduction of the military's many capabilities in response to disasters -- whether natural or manmade – comes with restrictions reflective of an American ethos that will always hold those forces as the servants of the people, never their overseers.

In his recent book, Introduction to Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities – available from Amazon.com – Professor Bert Tussing examines the requirements and regulations that guide the utilization of our forces in the domestic environment. As the challenges to our homeland security become increasingly complex, so too does the potential application of military resources to address such domestic catastrophes. Join us for a discussion of this critical and ever-evolving national security nexus.

Wednesday Feb 04

ISIS' Influence in Social Media

Location: Lehrman Auditorium, The Heritage Foundation
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

With the growing state of ISIS and its media outreach, the regular release of propaganda and threat videos, and Islamic State sympathizers' hacking of social media accounts of the U.S. media, and now U.S. Central Command, The Heritage Foundation is proud to host Daniel Cohen from the Institute for National Security Studies to discuss the social media capabilities of ISIS and its influence through the internet.

Wednesday Feb 04

What Do U.S. Corporations Really Pay? A Discussion on Corporate Effective Tax Rates, Profit Sharing, and U.S. Competitiveness

Location: Rayburn House Office Building
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Corporate inversions, profit shifting, tax avoidance--we often read media reports about how corporations pay little to nothing in taxes due to profit shifting and tax planning techniques. However, the recent string of corporate tax inversions implies that U.S. corporations are overburdened due to the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world and one of the few remaining worldwide tax systems.

So what do corporations really pay in taxes? New research shows that U.S. corporations face the second highest marginal effective tax rates in the OECD, behind only France. Additionally, U.S. corporations pay equally high average effective tax rates that hamper U.S. competitiveness, with multinational corporations paying particularly high effective tax rates.

This briefing will feature a panel of academic experts to discuss the effective tax rates paid by U.S. corporations, the impact of international profit shifting, and the policy implications for tax reform.

Wednesday Feb 04

Hatton W. Summers Distinguished Lecture Series: Mike Huckabee

Location: TBD
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: National Center for Policy Analysis

Join us for a Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series luncheon featuring Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and former presidential candidate. Huckabee currently hosts a talk show on the Fox News Channel that bears his name, Huckabee.

Gov. Huckabee has authored several books, but his latest will be the topic of his speech. You'll have a rare opportunity to hear of his journey in writing God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, an inspiring look at American values and resilience and today's culture. The luncheon will afford ample opportunity for questions from the audience.

More information to come at ncpa.org.

Thursday Feb 05

Is the 'New' Education Philanthropy Good for Schools? Examining Foundatio-Funded School Reform

Location: AEI
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Philanthropy plays an outsized role in American K–12 education today. From charter schooling to teacher quality to the Common Core State Standards, philanthropic investment in education has been pivotal in shaping policy, reform, and research. Along the way, philanthropy and philanthropists have frequently become lightning rods for criticism from the left and right.

What does research tell us about the nature and scope of philanthropic giving today, what have philanthropists learned about school reform, and what are the positive and negative aspects of philanthropy-fueled school reform?

We welcome you to join us at AEI as Rick Hess, editor of the seminal volume "With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy Is Reshaping K–12 Education" (Harvard Education Press, 2005), and Teachers College's Jeff Henig host a major research conference to explore these questions. The conference will feature eight new studies and analyses by scholars of education philanthropy and keen observers in the field.

If you are unable to attend the event, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.

Thursday Feb 05

Private Funding, Public Debate: Riviving the Spirit of Inquiry in Higher Education

Location: Cato Institute
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 6:00 PM

Colleges often seem hostile to, or at least uninterested in, Western civilization, free markets, and other "conservative" or "libertarian" subjects. This has left a void that is increasingly being filled by privately funded academic centers founded in or near colleges and universities. But how objective are such centers? Do their donors call all the shots? Can they significantly widen inquiry in academia? Please join Cato and the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy for an in-depth discussion of this growing phenomenon.

Saturday Feb 07

John Lock Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Location: Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, NC
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Host: John Locke Foundation

Charles Krauthammer currently serves as a contributor for FOX News Channel (FNC), where he contributes political commentary and analysis across FNC's daytime and primetime programming.

Krauthammer makes frequent appearances on Special Report with Bret Baier, The O'Reilly Factor and FOX News Sunday. He is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated journalist and physician as well as a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a weekly panelist on PBS' Inside Washington. Additionally, Krauthammer joined The Washington Post in 1984, where he continues to write a weekly political column. He began his journalism career at The New Republic.

Prior to his career in journalism, Krauthammer served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980 and as chief resident in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Saturday Feb 07

Saskatoon Studnet Seminar

Location: TBA, Saskatoon, SK
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Host: Fraser Institute

Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.

There will be complimentary return bus service from Regina to Saskatoon. If you wish to register for the bus please indicate that you will require bus transportation in the comments field of the registration form.

Monday Feb 09

Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana is Harming America

Location: Lehrman Auditorium, The Heritage Foundation
Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

As part of The Heritage Foundation's ongoing series of programs addressing drugs and drug policy in America, authors William J. Bennett and Robert A. White join us to examine the societal and scientific arguments against the legalization of marijuana. Once considered worthy of condemnation, marijuana has in recent years become a "medicine," legalized fully in four states, with others expected to follow. But the dangers are clear. According to Bennett and White's research, more Americans are admitted to treatment facilities for marijuana use than for any other illegal drug. Studies have also shown a link between marijuana use and abnormal brain structure and development. In their new book, Going to Pot, Bennett and White warn against jumping on the legalization bandwagon until fully examining all the facts.

Saturday Feb 14

Montreal Student Seminar

Location: Delta Montreal Hotel, Montreal, QC
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Host: Fraser Institute


Free one-day student seminar with presentations in both English and French from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.

Register at fraserinstitute.org!

Wednesday Feb 25

50 Years since EG West's "Education and the State" - A Talk by James Tooley

Location: Institute of Economic Affairs, London, England
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Start Time: 6:30 PM

Host: Institute of Economic Affairs

2015 will mark 50 years since the publication of E. G. West's "Education and the State" (with foreword by Arthur Seldon). When it was published in 1965 it was immediately hailed as one of the century's most important works on education and it has been described as "the single most outstanding intellectual challenge to public education."

James Tooley (Professor of Education Policy and Director of the E.G. West Centre at Newcastle University) will discuss the book, it's impact since publication, and his own volume on West. Copies of the newly published paperback of his book will be available at the event.

Wednesday Feb 25

Polygraphs in the Criminal Process

Location: Federalist Society Florida Student Chapter, Gainesville
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Host: Federalist Society

Join polygraph examiner Brian Morris for a Federalist Society event concerning the use of polygraphs in the U.S. criminal process.

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

Tuesday Mar 10

2015 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy

Location: The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Host: Philanthropy Roundtable

Join us in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 10-11 as we bring top donors and leading K-12 experts from around the nation together for two days of thought-provoking conversation. This conference, held 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, will focus on the greatest opportunities for philanthropists to achieve breakthroughs over the next 10 years. We'll visit schools that are disrupting the status quo in K-12 education and meeting with education entrepreneurs who are bringing breakthrough innovation and progress to the field. We'll also delve into the most promising developments in K-12 education, the practical and political barriers to progress that philanthropy can address, and how donor-led efforts can increase excellence in schools.

Thursday Mar 12

Reason Weekend 2015

Location: Biltmore Four Seasons Four Seasons Resort, Santa Barbara
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Host: Reason Foundation

Reason Weekend 2015 will be held March 12 – 15, 2015 at the The Biltmore Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara, California, and you will want to be there!

At Reason Weekend, you'll get the inside scoop on the future of liberty from Reason's nationally-recognized policy analysts and award-winning journalists. You'll also hear from some of the libertarian movement's most exciting guest speakers.

Reason Weekend is an annual event open to members of Reason's exclusive Torchbearer Society. To find out how your support of free minds and free markets can qualify you for membership, please visit www.reason.org/donate.

More information will be available in Fall 2014. Please direct questions to Jennifer Kambara at jennifer.kambara@reason.org or (310) 740-8576.

Thursday Mar 19

Mercatus Center Annual Retreat 2015: Advancing Liberty, Creating Change

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hosts: Mercatus Center / Institute for Humane Studies

Center supporters and friends are invited to join us for our 14th Annual Retreat in Scottsdale, AZ, co-hosted with the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS).

If you have questions about this event, please contact Caitlyn Van Orden at (703) 993-4925 or cvanorden@mercatus.gmu.edu.

Tuesday Mar 24

Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor

Location: Florida International Univeristy College of Law, Miami, FL
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

Join Yale Law Professor Logan Beirne for a riveting discussion on Edward Snowden. Is he a patriot who uncovered mass invasion of privacy by the federal government, or a traitor who broke his oath of secrecy and jeopardized American security? Find out March 24th with the Federalist Society.

Find out more about this event at fed-soc.org.

Wednesday Apr 01

Are International Human Rights U.S. Law?

Location: Federalist Society Chicago Student Chapter
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Host: Federalist Society

Join David Moore for a Federalist Society discussion on international human rights and their relationship with U.S. law.

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

Wednesday Apr 01

Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America

Location: TBA, Columbia, SC
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

Join Professor Michael Heise at a Federalist Society event focused on Catholic Schools and their role in the urban education system.

More information on fed-soc.org.

Monday Apr 06

Overcriminalization

Location: Missouri - Columbia Law
Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Host: Federalist Society

Join The Washington Post's Radley Balko for a Federalist Society event on overcriminalization in America.

Move information to come at fed-soc.org.

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