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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 at Independent’s conference center in Oakland, California. 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 Events
California Governor Newsom Recall, Ending Woke Schools, Gun Control & Government Failure
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA
In this eighteenth episode of Independent Outlook, David Theroux, Williamson Evers, and Graham Walker examine the recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom; school choice and K-12 school shutdowns; rebellions against "progressive" wokeness and Big Government; critical race theory and cancel culture; climate change and climate alarmism; gun control and the Second Amendment at the U.S. Supreme Court; and much more.
Fatal Attraction?
Younger Americans and the Delusional Appeal of Socialism

Friday, April 23, 2021
Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA
In this compelling Lighthouse Briefing video, Independent Institute Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker addresses these questions and more with Chloe Anagnos and Jonathan Hofer—two young, Independent Institute staffers who are careful observers of their own generation (“Millennial” and “Gen Z”).
Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA
In this fascinating Independent Conversation event, world-renowned education scholar and best-selling author Dr. James Tooley is interviewed by Independent Institute Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker on Dr. Tooley's new Independent book, "Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education," and the issues of educational choice, opportunity, and quality, including the worldwide development of low-cost, private schools for the poor and their relevance to America.
COVID Vaccine Passports, School Shutdowns, and the Border Crisis
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA
In this seventeenth episode of Independent Outlook, Graham Walker, Williamson Evers, and Research Fellow William J. Watkins Jr., examine COVID-19 vaccine mandates and passports; school shutdowns; critical race theory and propaganda; Bill of Rights; border crisis; and much more.


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