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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
BEYOND HOMELESS: Finding Hope – Private Screening & Panel Discussion
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
San Francisco, CA
Join us at the Vogue Theater for an exclusive screening of the thought-provoking film Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope, delving into the underlying factors contributing to homelessness and proposing actionable solutions. Following the screening, engage in an expertly moderated discussion and Q&A session aimed at gaining insights into how we can effectively implement the proposed solutions.
From Crisis to Opportunity
COVID Lockdowns and Educational Freedom

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Washington, D.C.
Join us for this important event on the legacy of the COVID lockdowns and the future of educational freedom in the West. Hosted by Senator Rand Paul, Dr. Scott Atlas and education expert and author James Tooley will bring their wisdom and expertise to this crucial topic.
Celebration of the Life of David J. Theroux
The Legacy and Future of Liberty

Thursday, January 12, 2023
Oakland, CA
On April 23, 2022 Independent Institute Founder and President David J. Theroux passed away. On January 12, 2023, family, friends, and associates gathered to celebrate and be inspired by his life, including tributes by Benjamin Powell and son Paul Theroux, an overview of David’s life by his wife Mary, and stirring messages from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and George Gilder. The evening concluded with a look ahead to a future bright with opportunity.
Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope
World Premiere of the New Documentary

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, California
Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope is the Independent Institute's award-winning, 38-minute documentary that contrasts the current tragic conditions of San Francisco’s unhoused with a successful community-wide solution called Haven for Hope of Bexar County, located in San Antonio, TX. The film is also the companion to an in-depth Independent Policy Report, Beyond Homeless: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes, Transformative Solutions. The film is followed by panel of experts featured in the film to discuss the root causes of homelessness and how to mobilize communities to enact solutions.

  • Catalyst
  • Beyond Homeless