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Events

November 3

Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court

Featuring the author Damon Root, Senior Editor, Reason magazine and Reason.com; with comments by Jeffrey Rosen,Professor of Law, George Washington University, and President & CEO, National Constitution Center; and Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute, and Director, Cato Center for Constitutional Studies; moderated by Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium

November 5

Federal Policy, the Election, and the Changing Ivory Tower

Featuring John Ebersole, President, Excelsior College; Barmak Nassirian, Director, Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Peter Smith, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategy, Kaplan Higher Education Group; and Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Amy Laitinen, Deputy Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation.

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium