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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, or at our offices in Washington D.C. At each event, distinguished and well-known scholars, policy experts and others speak at length about important issues and answer questions from the audience.


Upcoming Event

Whither America: A Foreign Policy Debate Among Realists, Nationalists and Internationalists
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Washington, DC

The long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have sparked renewed debate about foreign policy within both political parties. William Kristol recently said that while Republicans generally agree on domestic policy, the real debate would be on foreign policy. Likewise, in the Democratic Party, the more hawkish Clinton wing of the party continues its clash with the more dovish McGovernite wing. To focus on these differences, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and The Independent Institute in Oakland, California, are hosting a debate among the various foreign policy traditions. Please join us for this necessary and timely debate.


Recent Event

Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California

How can Americans overcome record government spending and debt, escalating healthcare costs, intrusive federal surveillance, endless wars, ongoing economic malaise, high unemployment, failing schools, and increasing abuses of civil and economic liberties? At this special event, former, twelve-term Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul will take a candid look at America’s increasingly dysfunctional political system.


Recent Event

P.J. O’Rourke “Talkin’ ’Bout His Generation”
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Oakland, CA

Using his trademark wit and razor sharp delivery, best-selling humorist P.J. O’Rourke will train his eye on the “Baby Boom” generation, in all its selfobsessed glory, and offer an entertaining and heartfelt perspective on what makes his generation unlike any other in history.


Recent Event

Civil Liberties and Security in an Age of Terrorism
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Oakland, CA

Could the eye-opening reports on the government’s accessing all phone and electronic communications along with the reaction to the Boston Bombing be setting into motion a chain of events of ominous significance? What should Americans be most concerned about? You are cordially invited to join with us for a special evening, in association with our Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars, as we discuss these timely issues.




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