Events

We host events each semester to foster a free exchange of ideas on important issues of public policy.

Greg Lukianoff Play Video
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? This debate features Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and Stanley Fish, Professor at Florida International University.
Terry Moe Play Video
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.
Deirdre McCloskey Conference on Happiness and the Free Society December 10, 2017 A conference on the relationship between happiness and economic and political freedom, featuring Derek Yonai, Mark LeBar, Dan Haybron, and Deirdre McCloskey.
Christopher Wellman Play Video
Debate: Is Immigration a Basic Human Right? March 16, 2017
Is immigration a basic human right? Philosopher Christopher Wellman and economist Bryan Caplan debate!
Joanna Williams Play Video
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.
Don Boudreaux Play Video
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!
Michael Shermer and Michael Huemer Play Video
Debate: Does America Need Stricter Gun Control Laws? October 16, 2018
Does the wave of recent school shootings show that America needs stricter gun control laws? Or is private gun ownership an important individual right that governments are obliged to respect? Watch New York Times bestselling author Michael Shermer and iconoclastic philosopher Mike Huemer debate the issue.