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Events

February 16

From “No Child” to “Every Student”: How Big a Change?

Featuring Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; David Cleary, Chief of Staff, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Majority Staff Director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy, Heritage Foundation; and Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Michael Hansen, Senior Fellow, Brown Center on Education Policy Governance Studies, Brookings Institution.

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium

February 18

The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect

Featuring the author Michael W. Doyle, Director, Columbia Global Policy Initiative, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Political Science, Columbia University; with comments by Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America; and Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Brad Stapleton, Visiting Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium