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The Independent Institute hosts numerous events to encourage discussion and understanding of key issues in current affairs, public policy and political economy. Most are held either at the Institute’s conference center in Oakland, California. At each event, distinguished and well-known scholars, policy experts and others speak at length about important issues and answer questions from the audience.

Recent Events
No Safe Spaces: Free Speech Under Attack
California and Bay Area Film Premiere and Panel

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Independent Institute Conference Center
100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA 94621

College campuses have become the most intolerant places for diverse and even conventional viewpoints. The First Amendment, intellectual freedom, and the very idea of free speech are under attack. A growing number of Americans don’t even believe you have the right to speak your mind if what you have to say might offend someone, somewhere. The new film No Safe Spaces starring comedian Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager seeks to understand what is happening in America and what free speech should look like.
Justice on Trial
The Kavanaugh Confirmation & the Supreme Court

Thursday, August 22, 2019
At this special event, Mollie Hemingway will reveal the true story of what really happened during the Kavanaugh confirmation, based on exclusive interviews of more than 100 people—including President Trump, several Supreme Court justices, high-ranking White House and Department of Justice officials, and dozens of senators.
Global Warming
Fact or Fiction?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Independent Institute Conference Center
Oakland, CA

Is global warming real? Have any such predictions been established scientifically? Would massive “carbon” taxes and other controls put America and the world—especially the poor—at great risk? Geoscientist Willie Soon and physicist Elliott Bloom will separate fact from fiction.
An Evening with Jordan B. Peterson
The Meaning and Reality of Individual Sovereignty

Thursday, May 2, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Join with us for a very special evening with Jordan B. Peterson, renowned author of the international bestseller, 12 Rules for Life. Dr. Peterson’s work explores the modern world by uniquely combining the hard-won truths of ancient tradition, how to overcome life’s biggest obstacles, and how best to improve oneself and society.
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