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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Innovation Works: A special Policy@McCombs Event with Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley joins us for a special Policy@McCombs Event to discuss his book How Innovation Works Join us in person at Rowling Hall, RRH Crum Auditorium or online (link coming soon)Register for the event here.   The first 30 attendees will receive a free copy of the book! Matt Ridley’s books have sold over a […]

Choosing and Implementing Optimal Immigration Policies

Korok Ray joins us for a Policy@McCombs event to discuss his paper “Choosing and Implementing Optimal Immigration Policies” View the paper for the discussion here. Join us in person at Rowling Hall, RRH 4.408Join us on Zoom here. Korok is an Associate Professor at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University, and Director of […]

Aggie Longhorn Innovation Conference

The Aggie Longhorn Innovation (ALI) Conference will be held at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin on November 12th, 2021. The ALI Conference is jointly held by the Salem Center for Policy and the Mays Innovation Research Center at Texas A&M. The conference aims to discuss many of the […]