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Events

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
30th Anniversary: A Gala for the Future of Liberty
Friday, September 22, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California

Join with us to celebrate our past successes and honor tech-entrepreneur Timothy C. Draper, Nobel Laureate economist Vernon L. Smith, and North Korean human-rights activist Yeonmi Park. P.J. O’Rourke, bestselling author and America’s leading political humorist, will be our master of ceremonies.
New Bridges: Texas
Advancing Liberty & Prosperity in a Divided America

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Dallas, Texas
The second symposium of the series


With a new administration in Washington, D.C., what have we learned and what can be done now? We invite you to join with us for a very special symposium and luncheon on the post-election prospects for liberty and prosperity in a divided America, and how we as individuals and communities can advance freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and security for all.
New Bridges: California
Advancing Liberty & Prosperity in a Divided America

Friday, April 7, 2017
San Francisco, CA
The first symposium of the series


With a new administration in Washington, D.C., what have we learned and what can be done now? We invite you to join with us for a very special symposium and luncheon on the post-election prospects for liberty and prosperity in a divided America, and how we as individuals and communities can advance freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and security for all.
The Road to Serfdom from Austria to America
How Lessons Can be Learned

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
San Francisco, California

Despite the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, most of Europe has descended into an inexorable slide towards socialism, with a relentless drumbeat against business and the knee-jerk response to every problem being further centralization and regulation. Many have either forgotten or never learned that freedom, competition, and personal responsibility are deeply connected with the pursuit of happiness, economic stability, and sustained peace.


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