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Events

September 24

Borrowed Time: Two Centuries of Booms, Busts, and Bailouts at Citi

Featuring the authors James Freeman, Assistant Editor, Editorial Page, Wall Street Journal; and Vern McKinley, Visiting Scholar, The George Washington University Law School; with comments by Christy Ford Chapin, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Gary H. Stern, Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and author of Too Big to Fail; moderated by George Selgin, Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute.

4:00PM to 5:00PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

September 25

Of Rockets and Robotics: The Regulation of Emerging Aerial Technology

Confirmed speakers include Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis, Teal Group; Diana Marina Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy, PrecisionHawk; Rob Hawks, Manager of the Operations Law Branch at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel; Christopher Koopman, Senior Director of Strategy and Research at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University; Jake Laperruque, Senior Counsel, Project on Government Oversight; Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs at DJI; Jason Snead, Policy Analyst at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Heritage Foundation; and Matt Voska, CEO and Cofounder of Flytenow.

10:00AM to 3:45PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute