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Cato’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

May 5 – 7, 2017
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC

About the Conference | Registration

Featuring: Dave Barry, Humor Columnist and Author of Insane City; Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget; P.J. O’Rourke Author, Thrown Under the Omnibus, H.L. Mencken Research Fellow, Cato Institute; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); and George Will, Pulitzer Prize‐​Winning Columnist.

Forty years ago, the Cato Institute opened its doors as a new public policy research organization dedicated to liberty. Today, through our independent, nonpartisan research, books, magazines, worldwide events, vast online resources, and media outreach, Cato engages millions on the timeless principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. And that’s something to celebrate!

Online registration for this event is now closed.
If you are interested in registering for this event, please email events@​cato.​org or call (202) 218‑4639.

This is a private event for Cato Sponsors. Invitations are not transferable.
• 40th Anniversary Celebration, May 5–7: $1,000 per individual or $1,800 per couple
• Saturday, May 6 policy day and 40 Years of Advancing Liberty Party ONLY: $250 per individual or $500 per couple




10:00 — 11:00AM RegistrationWintergarden
11:00AM — 12:00PM History of Cato Hayek Auditorium
12:00 — 1:30PM Opening Luncheon — Yeager Conference Center

Welcoming Remarks: Peter Goettler, President & CEO, Cato Institute

Speaker: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
SESSION I Hayek Auditorium
1:45 — 2:15PM How Cato Has Changed the Immigration Debate

Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst,Cato Institute

2:15 — 3:15PM In the Trenches

Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies and Editor, Down​siz​ing​Gov​ern​ment​.org, Cato Institute
Neal McCluskey, Director of Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Moderated by Khristine Brookes, Vice President for Communications, Cato Institute

3:15 — 3:30PM Break
3:30 — 4:00PM Assessing the Current Battle Plan

Peter Goettler, President & CEO, Cato Institute

4:00 — 5:00PM The Threat to Liberty from the Global Rise of Authoritarian Populism

Gabriel Calzada, Francisco Marroquin University
Tom G. Palmer, Executive Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Network
Dalibor Rohac, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

6:00 — 7:00PM Reception — Wintergarden
7:00 — 9:00PM Opening Dinner Yeager Conference Center

Speaker: Dave Barry
9:00 — 11:00PM Afterglow Ken and Frayda Levy Liberty Garden



8:00 — 9:00AM Breakfast — Yeager Conference Center
SESSION II Hayek Auditorium
9:00 — 10:00AM The Intellectual Climate for Liberty

Emily Ekins, Research Fellow and Director of Polling, Cato Institute
Jacob T. Levy, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University
Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Moderated by David Boaz, Executive Vice President, Cato Institute

10:00 — 11:00AM The Growth and Future of the Libertarian Legal Movement

Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve University School of law
Timothy Sandefur, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Vice President for Litigation, Goldwater Institute
Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor‐​in‐​chief, Cato Supreme Court Review, Cato institute
Moderated by Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs and B. Kenneth Simon Chair and Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

11:00 — 11:15AM Break
11:15AM — 12:15PM The Future of Work

Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
David R. Henderson, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute
Andy Stern, Senior Fellow, Columbia University; Former President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Moderated by Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

12:15 — 1:45PM Lunch Yeager Conference Center

Speaker: George F. Will, Columnist, Washington Post
2:00 — 2:45PM Modernizing the Federal Government

Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget

2:45 — 3:00PM Break
3:00 — 3:30PM A Strategy for Cato’s Future

Peter Goettler, President & CEO, Cato Institute
3:30 — 4:00PM Partnership for Liberty

Robert A. Levy, Chairman, Cato Institute
4:30 — 6:45PM Afternoon tea with Kentucky Derby viewing at the Morrison‐​Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant


9:00 — 10:00AM Bloody Mary Brunch Yeager Conference Center
10:15 — 11:00AM Speaker: P.J. O’Rourke, How the Hell Did This Happen?
11:00AM — 12:30PM Past, Present, and Future of Liberty

Interview by Russ Roberts, John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Host, EconTalk
David Boaz, P.J. O’Rourke, and George F. Will
12:30 — 1:00PM A Final ToastKen and Frayda Levy Liberty Garden

Attire for the policy sessions is business casual. For the dinners, business attire is suggested. The 40 Years of Advancing Liberty Party on Saturday evening is cocktail attire.