Events

We host events each semester to foster a free exchange of ideas on campus. Enjoy video recordings of our past events.

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DEBATE: Is Free Speech Under Threat on America's College Campuses? March 9, 2018
Are universities still a home to the free and robust exchange of competing ideas? Or has political correctness and the desire to create “safe spaces” undermined that ideal? Riots and protests across America’s college campuses question the very foundations of free speech and open inquiry. USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy and the Institute for Humane studies hosts a debate exploring Free Speech in higher education, featuring Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and Stanley Fish, Professor at Florida International University.
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DEBATE: Is School Choice Good for America's Students? October 11, 2017
Is school choice good for America's students? Is it compatible with social justice? Political Scientist Terry Moe of Stanford University's Hoover Institution and philosopher Harry Brighouse of the University of Wisconsin debate the issue. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy.
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Conference on Happiness and the Free Society December 10, 2017
A panel discussion on the relationship between happiness and economic and political freedom, featuring Derek Yonai, Mark LeBar, Dan Haybron, Deirdre McCloskey, and Matt Zwolinski.
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Debate: Is Immigration a Basic Human Right March 16, 2017
Is immigration a basic human right? Philosopher Christopher Wellman and economist Bryan Caplan debate!
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Joanna Williams on Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity November 14, 2016
Joanna Williams argues that a stifling culture of conformity in higher education is restricting individual academics, the freedom of academic thought and the progress of knowledge.
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Debate: Is CA's $15 Minimum Wage Law a Good Idea? September 16, 2016
Is California's new $15 minimum wage law a good idea? George Mason Economist Donald Boudreaux and the Roosevelt Institute's Mike Konczal debate!