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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 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
Fixing Science
Practical Solutions for the Irreproducibility Crisis

February 7–8, 2020
Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA
Many headline scientific findings in recent years have turned out to be false. They can’t be reproduced—and if you can’t reproduce a result, it isn’t science. The headlines are just the tip of the iceberg. A huge amount of ordinary scientific findings published in peer-reviewed journals doesn't replicate. Something has gone terribly wrong in contemporary scientific procedures.
War on Poverty or War on the Poor?
The Great Society’s Welfare State

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA
In the 1960s, Americans sought the same goals many seek now: an end to poverty, higher standards of living for the middle class, a better environment and more access to health care and education. Yet achieving the goals of this idealism has proven elusive. #1 New York Times bestselling author Amity Shlaes will show that the costs of the Big-Government entitlement commitments made a half century ago are blocking the very opportunities needed now and in the future for all Americans, especially the most disadvantaged.
No Safe Spaces: Free Speech Under Attack
California and Bay Area Film Premiere and Panel

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA
College campuses have become the most intolerant places for diverse and even conventional viewpoints. The First Amendment, intellectual freedom, and the very idea of free speech are under attack. A growing number of Americans don’t even believe you have the right to speak your mind if what you have to say might offend someone, somewhere. The new film No Safe Spaces starring comedian Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager seeks to understand what is happening in America and what free speech should look like.
Justice on Trial
The Kavanaugh Confirmation & the Supreme Court

Thursday, August 22, 2019
At this special event, Mollie Hemingway will reveal the true story of what really happened during the Kavanaugh confirmation, based on exclusive interviews of more than 100 people—including President Trump, several Supreme Court justices, high-ranking White House and Department of Justice officials, and dozens of senators.

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