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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.


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.


Recent Event

Replacing Obamacare and Curing the Healthcare Crisis
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Oakland, CA

Most Americans want to repeal and replace Obamacare ("Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"). However, which reforms would contribute the most to making high-quality healthcare affordable and accessible? In this upcoming event and based on his new book Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, Dr. John C. Goodman will take the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to task, reject Obamacare, and offer a no-nonsense approach to healthcare reform.




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