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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.


Developing the Developed World
Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Olympic Club, San Francisco

In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel presents his often contrarian ideas about competition, progress, technology, and finding value in unexpected places—to build a future that we have yet to dream, but may someday become reality. In “Developing the Developed World” he will bring these ideas to life, including his insights on how to create true innovations in “the world of atoms”—not just “digits and bits”—and how to foster a peaceful, prosperous and freer future marked by globalization in a world of limited resources.


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.


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”.


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.




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