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Upcoming and Recent 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, 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

Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Economics affects all walks of life⎯whether in the marketplace, voting booth, family or community⎯and how its principles can shape the fate of nations according to Dr. Peter J. Boettke. He will speak about the power of economics from his book, Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. This event is co-sponsored by The Independent Institute and Mercatus Center, George Mason University.


Recent Event

Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control?
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Oakland, CA

With new debates over gun control, renowned scholar, attorney, and author Stephen P. Halbrook will speak on the explosive findings in his new book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”.


Recent 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.




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