Featured Events

November 13

The Tyranny of Silence

The Tyranny of Silence

Journalists face constant intimidation. Whether it takes the extreme form of beheadings, death threats, government censorship or simply political correctness—it casts a shadow over their ability to tell a story.

No one knows this better than Flemming Rose, the editor at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten who, in 2006, published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, inciting a worldwide firestorm. In his new book, The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech he not only recounts that story, but takes a hard look at the slippery slope of attempts to limit free speech.

Rose writes about the people and experiences that have influenced the way he views the world and his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and ex-Muslims living in Europe. Rose offers more than a personal account of a riveting event. He defends freedom of speech as essential to a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic. Please join us to hear this important voice favoring freedom of speech.

December 16

Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution

Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution

In an engaging new book, David Gans and Ilya Shapiro provide a comprehensive analysis of the issues in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the blockbuster legal challenge to the Obamacare regulation that required employer-sponsored health plans to provide “free” contraceptive coverage. In a series of debates, these opposing advocates examine whether for-profit corporations can assert religious-exercise claims under federal law, whether businesses (or their owners/directors/officers) with religious objections should be exempt from coverage requirements, and what the consequences would be if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby. The Court’s decision will be discussed for years and this spirited debate will provide fascinating and informative food for thought for scholars, students, and the public as they grapple with fundamental questions of corporate personhood, religious liberty, and health care policy. Please join us for a reprise of these debates, with commentary by the architect of the constitutional challenge to Obamacare’s individual mandate, Professor Randy Barnett.

November 21

A Cato Connects Program: Executive Action on Immigration

A Cato Connects Program: Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama will soon announce that he plans to use executive power to delay the deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants, among other reforms. Join us and submit your questions via Twitter as we discuss the policy and politics of the President’s plan.

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Past Events

December 18

Why Congress Should Legalize Marijuana

Featuring a presentation and live discussion with Jeffrey Miron, Director of Economic Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia.

December 16

Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution

Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution

Featuring the authors Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; and David Gans, Director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship Program, Constitutional Accountability Center; with comments by Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center; moderated by Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute.