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The Supreme Court and the Battle for Second Amendment Rights
Recorded: Thursday, July 22, 2010

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In June 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling on the Second Amendment individual right to “keep and bear arms” with its Heller v. District of Columbia decision. Two years later, in June 2010, a second historic decision squeezed through the highest court in the land.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook, Donald E. J. Kilmer Jr.
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Gun Control, History (U.S), Law Enforcement, Litigation, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Race Issues

       
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What President Obama Should Learn from His Predecessors
Recorded: Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Amid the current economic and financial crises, President Obama may do well to remember the men who have come before him.

Experts: Ivan Eland, Andrew R. Rutten
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Freedom, Government Power, History (U.S), Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Race Issues, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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A Gala for Liberty: The Independent Institute’s Gala Reception and Dinner
Recorded: Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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On September 16, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actor and director Andy Garcia, and entrepreneur William K. Bowes, Jr. were honored at the Independent Institute’s A Gala for Liberty. Each honoree received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award in recognition of their contributions to advancing the ideas and ideals of liberty, entrepreneurship, innovation, and peace.

Experts: William K. Bowes, Jr., Andy Garcia, Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Democracy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Economic History and Development (International), Free Market Economics, Government Power, History (International), Latin America, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Race Issues, Religion

       
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Is White Guilt Destroying the Promise of Civil Rights?
Recorded: Tuesday, May 9, 2006

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In the 1960s, civil rights victories dealt a blow to racial discrimination, and yet 40 years later many blacks remain left behind. Has affirmative action sabotaged the gains of the civil rights movement? What is the role of personal accountability in improving the standing of minority groups?

Experts: Shelby Steele
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Race Issues

       
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Losing the Race? Black Progress, Freedom, and Independence
Recorded: Friday, March 30, 2001

The Civil Rights revolution was a pinnacle of American history, freeing African Americans from centuries of disenfranchisement. Yet, according to linguist John McWhorter, it has had a tragic side effect. As racism recedes as a serious obstacle to black advancement, many black Americans have been misled into a self-destructive ideological detour. Has affirmative action fostered the cults of Victimology, Separatism, and Anti-Intellectualism? Have false assumptions and low expectations conditioned black students for low achievement? If racism is to be dealt a final death blow, what strategies must Americans – black and white – pursue?

Experts: John H. McWhorter
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Race Issues

       
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Affirmative Action: Pros and Cons
Recorded: Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Begun in the 1960s, government affirmative action policies are now in retreat in California, Washington, Florida, and many other states and localities in the U.S. Will such changes end America's racial divide or merely intensify it? Can the American Dream be colorblind or are racial preferences necessary to right the wrongs of past discrimination? Is affirmative action a force for fairness and justice or instead merely a "feel good" policy that cloaks the real barriers to social and economic advancement for the most disadvantaged? Ward Connerly and William Bagley, two distinguished members of the Board of Regents at the University of California, will debate this very timely and crucial issue.

Experts: William Bagley, Ward Connerly
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Race Issues

       
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Stopping Violent Crime: New Directions for Reduction and Prevention
Recorded: Tuesday, December 3, 1996

Tuesday, December 3, 1996

Co-sponsored by the Independent Institute and Koch Crime Commission

University Theater, Garvey Fine Arts Center

Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas

Moderator:

Arthur R. Miller, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Participants:

Bruce L. Benson, Professor of Economics, Florida State University; Senior Fellow, The Independent Institute

Erika Holzer, bestselling author of book and major motion picture, Eye for an Eye

Wendy Kaminer, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic Monthly

William I. Koch, Chairman, Koch Crime Commission

Alan J. Lizotte, Director, Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center, University at Albany

David B. Sentelle, Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

David J. Theroux, Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Richard L. Thornburgh, former U.S. Attorney General

Hubert Williams, President, Police Foundation

Marvin E. Wolfgang, Director, Sellin Center for Studies in Criminology, University of Pennsylvania

James R. Wyrsch, President, Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian & Lee, P.C.

Violent crime continues to be a major social and economic problem in the United States and around the world. This important debate, held before an audience of 1,000 at Washburn University, features a panel of experts from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, including criminal justice officials, business and civic leaders, scholars, and best-selling authors.

In a lively and challenging exchange of ideas, the program addresses why the criminal justice system has become increasingly bureaucraticized and politicized, ever less responsive and ever more costly. Topics include victim’s rights, crime and incarceration rates, restitution, civil liberties, illicit drugs, guns, racism, policing, privatization, and sentencing. Co-sponsored by the Independent Institute and Koch Crime Commission, this program was distributed by Central Educational Network and appeared on the Public Broadcasting System.

Experts: Bruce L. Benson, Erika Holzer, Wendy Kaminer, William I. Koch, Alan J. Lizotte, Arthur R. Miller, David B. Sentelle, David J. Theroux, Richard L. Thornburgh, Hubert Williams, Marvin E. Wolfgang, James R. Wyrsch
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Drugs (Illicit), Family, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Race Issues, Urban Issues, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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The End of Racism: New Prospects for a Color-Blind Society
Recorded: Thursday, October 5, 1995

October 5, 1995

San Francisco, CA

Thirty years after the civil rights laws of the 1960s, race may still be the most divisive social issue of our time. Black unemployment, illegitimacy, crime, and school drop-out rates remain multiples of those for whites. Proposition 187's ongoing legal battles, Governor Pete Wilson's pledge to abolish affirmative action in state government, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the California Civil Rights Initiative attest to the continuing ability of race-related issues to polarize public debate. In contrast to the optimism that followed the civil rights movement of the 1960s, many today even doubt the possibility of an America characterized by widespread racial harmony.

In this Independent Policy Forum, bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza will address these and other issues, based on his new, widely acclaimed book, The End of Racism. Is racial prejudice innate, or is it culturally acquired? Is it peculiar to the West, or is it found in other societies? What is the legacy of slavery, and does contemporary America owe African-Americans compensation for it? Have government affirmative action programs helped or harmed minority groups as well as the general public? Has the civil rights movement succeeded or failed to overcome the legacy of segregation and racism? Can persons of color be racist? Is racism the most serious problem facing black Americans today, and if not, what is? Is racism an increasing or declining phenomenon?

Mr. D'Souza will chronicle the political, cultural, and intellectual history of racism. Do current government policies intended to combat the harm of racism actually help, or do they instead perpetuate a cycle of impoverishment and dependency, and hence, racial stigmatization? In his talk, Mr. D'Souza will chronicle the history of racism, examine the failed policies that have helped spread it, offer a way out of the deadlocked debate about race, and set forth guiding principles to create a more harmonious, multiracial society.

Dinesh D’Souza

Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Author, The End of Racism

David J. Theroux

Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Experts: Dinesh D’Souza
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Race Issues

       
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