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Academic Freedom in Crisis: Punishment, Discrimination and Self-Censorship

Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He will join Salem Center Senior Scholar Richard Lowery for a discussion on Academic Freedom. High profile incidents of campus illiberalism are often brushed off as spirited exceptions to the rule that academic freedom is safe. Examples include the mob violence directed against […]

The Energy of Tomorrow: The Promise, Failure, and Possible Rebirth of Nuclear Power

Jason Crawford is the founder of The Roots of Progress, where he writes and speaks about the history of technology and the philosophy of progress. Previously, he spent 18 years as a software engineer, engineering manager, and startup founder. In the 1950s, nuclear power was seen as the energy of the future. Today, it is stagnating on […]

Finding Fraud (with John Griffin)

John Griffin, a distinguished professor of finance at the University of Texas, talks about forensic finance, and how for the past decade he has dedicated his research pursuits to finding fraud. His most recent paper alleges that 1.8 million loans issued as part of the government’s COVID-19 relief program for small business, totaling $76 billion, […]

Is Public Education Compatible with Free Speech?

A Free Speech Week Event. Questions about free speech arise often in connection with education. We see them in in decisions about which views to include in curricula, in disputes about what opinions teachers and students can voice in class or on campus—or even off campus—without being subject to disciplinary action. They arise also in […]

Questioning the Sacrosanct: Is there a right to Protest?

A Free Speech Week Event. Americans today are divided on many issues. But one thing almost everyone seems to agree on, from BLM protestors to January 06 demonstrators, is that they have a right to take to the streets in protest. What if this is a mistake? What if there is no right to protest, at […]

Why Swing State Voting Is Not (Usually) Effective Altruism: The Bad News about the Good News about Voting

A Policy Lunch Seminar with Jason Brennan, Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. Recent arguments allege that the probability of casting a decisive vote in a key swing state is higher than traditionally thought. In light of these arguments, a number of philosophers and social scientists such as William MacAskill and […]

Cracks in the Ivory Tower: Perverse Incentives and the Business Ethics of Higher Education

A Policy@McCombs event with Jason Brennan, Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. Academics extol high-minded ideals, but they fall short. The reasons are not mysterious: College bureaucratic structures also often incentivize and reward bad behavior, while disincentivizing and even punishing good behavior. The problems are deep and pervasive: Most academic marketing and advertising […]

The Teenage Years of the PCAOB (with Jay Brown)

J. Robert (“Jay”) Brown, legal scholar and recently departed member of the Public Accounting Oversight Board, explains how this young regulator, created following the Enron accounting scandal, oversees audit firms. It’s still a teenager, and as Jay describes, there remains some work to do, to fulfill its mission.

Pathways to Personal Prosperity and Achieving Your Dreams: Government Programs or Free Enterprise?

The Steamboat Institute and The University of Texas Austin, are proud to present: “Pathways to Personal Prosperity and Achieving Your Dreams: Government Programs or Free Enterprise?” with Charles Payne (Host of “Making Money with Charles Payne” on Fox Business Network) and Bakari Sellers (CNN Political Commentator) and moderated by Carrie Sheffield (Senior Policy Analyst, Independent […]

Charles Calomiris on FinTech

Dr. Charles Calomiris joins Dr. Scott Bauguess and Dr. Cesare Fracassi to discuss FinTech.  Charles W. Calomiris is the Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School and a Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He recently served as Chief Economist and Senior Deputy Comptroller […]