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Don’t “Serve A Cause Greater Than Yourself”

Join us in person at RRH 4.308 Address: 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78705 Parking: You can find paid parking in the Brazos Garage, the AT&T Hotel Garage, or any other garage or street parking. Virtually every college commencement, political oration, and self-help bestseller urges people to “serve a cause greater […]

Laying Siege to the Institutions

Christopher F. Rufo is a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute, Contributing Editor of City Journal, and founder of American Studio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating new work about the American experience. In the first phase of his career, Christopher directed four documentaries for PBS, Netflix, and international television, including America Lost, which tells the story […]

Ken Judd: When Will the Fed Join the Third Millennium?

Policy@McCombs: Monday October 5th, 4-5:30pm When Will the Fed Join the Third Millennium? The U.S. Government and most businesses use powerful computing tools, but the Federal Reserve stands out as one government agency that has rejected modern computational tools. It is easy to document this description, but difficult to find good reasons for these gaps. […]

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 […]

Policy@McCombs with Alex Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He joins the podcast to talk to Richard Hanania about his involvement in Operation Warp Speed, a uniquely successful federal government project. Richard asks how broadly applicable its lessons are, whether or not we could do something similar for cancer, and why economists and […]

PhD Symposium Speaker Affiliations and Program 2020

9:55 am EDT / 6:55 am PDT / 2:55 pm BST. Introductory remarks• Scott Bauguess, University of Texas at Austin 10:00 a.m. Plenary 1 – The role of academic research in navigating the current crisis• Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor of the IMF• James Poterba, MIT and President of NBER• Jeremy Stein, Harvard University• Sheridan Titman, […]

Big Tech & Lessons from the Energy Crisis

Show Notes  Big Tech Salem Center events on the Big Tech:  Is Big Tech Too Big? Additional notes/context/links:  Steve mentioned Facebook’s role in violence in Myanmar.  Here’s more detail on Facebook’s role in inciting the violence from this NY Times article. One of Greg’s talks on free speech  Electricity Crisis Salem Center events on the Texas Electricity […]

Mike Munger: COVID-19 Interview

Mike Munger is a Professor of Political Science, and the Director of the PPE Certificate Program. His primary research focus is on the functioning of markets, regulation, and government institutions. He has taught at Dartmouth College, University of Texas, and University of North Carolina (where he was Director of the Master of Public Administration Program), […]

Freedom of the Press in an Era of Misinformation – Cognitive Problems, Legal Solutions

Address: 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78705 Amidst escalating concerns about the dangers of misinformation (concerning vaccines, elections, etc.) and the generally deteriorating quality of public debate, demands for regulation of media companies’ content policies are ascendant, gaining favor from virtually all corners of the ideological spectrum. How much of a […]