In The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education, Dr. Richard Bishirjian exposes how the higher education establishment imposes tuition costs that force parents and students into crippling debt.
Freedom of speech is indispensable to a free and civilized society, yet this precious right is increasingly under attack today. On February 22, 2017, Steve Simpson of the Ayn Rand Institute applied Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism to the most pressing free speech issues of the day. The essays in his book, "Defending Free Speech,: reveal the attacks to be the product of destructive ideas – ideas that are eroding Western culture at its foundation. (NOTE: The video and audio malfunction by not synching up and skipping a bit at about the 1:05:00 mark. Our apologies. It will be remedied in future event videos.)
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and Advisory Council Member Brent Hamachek on February 8, 2017 share a vision for America’s future embracing first principles, free markets, and small government. Their book, "Time for a Turning Point," lays out a roadmap for how to return to a free America, with an emphasis on reaching our youth.
What are Know-Nothing amendments? Join Jamie Gass, director of the Center for School Reform at the Pioneer Institute, to learn the meaning and history of the Know-Nothing amendments and how they keep students trapped in failing schools.
States are seeking ways to create a better business climate to attract jobs and businesses to their states. Some states have been passing right-to-work laws, pushing tax reform, and reforming their public pension systems, while others have increased taxes and regulations. This panel discusses which policies are working and which are not. Speaking on this panel are West Virginia Delegate John Overington (R – Berkeley), Beacon Center of Tennessee Director of Policy Lindsay Boyd, and State Budget Solutions President Bob Williams.
Education outcomes in America continue to lag globally, the debate over Common Core State Standards remains heated, and educational choice options such as education savings accounts and charter schools continue to grow. This panel analyzes roadblocks to transforming education as we know it. Speaking on this panel are Tennessee Representative John J. DeBerry, Jr. (R- Shelby County), Pioneer Institute's Director of the Center for School Reform Jamie Gass, and Reason Foundation Director of Education and Child Welfare Lisa Snell.
This panel discusses how states can expand competition and reduce the cost of health care – even with the Affordable Care Act in place. Solutions discussed include using telemedicine, rolling back certificate of need laws, and embracing direct primary care. The panel also addresses Medicaid expansion. Speaking on this panel are Beacon Center of Tennessee Director of Policy Lindsay Boyd, Clinical Endocrinologist Dr. Richard O. Dolinar, and James Madison Institute Policy Director Sal Nuzzo.
America has become a leader in energy production despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to discourage the use of traditional energy sources such as coal, natural gas, and oil. This panel discusses the rise of hydraulic fracturing, the demise of renewable power mandates, and other pro-environment, pro-energy, and pro-jobs solutions. Speaking on this panel are Maine Representative Beth A. O'Connor (R-Berwick), Independence Institute Vice President and Director of the Energy Policy Center Amy Oliver Cooke, and Spark of Freedom Foundation President James Taylor.
Popular economist Dr. Robert Murphy of the Independent Institute discusses his book "Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action," a creative, comprehensive, and unusually lucid book on economics that instructs and entertains both economists and general readers on Ludwig von Mises seminal work, "Human Action."