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My Upcoming Speaking Engagements

My upcoming public speaking engagements for the next few months. Covering topics like political ignorance, federalism, immigration, and others.


Here are my upcoming speaking engagements for the next few months. All are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

January 25, 7:30 PM, Hampden-Sydney College, Bortz Lecture Hall, Hampden Sydney, VA: "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter." Tak based on my book of the same name. Discounted copies of the book will be available for sale at a book signing afterwards. More information on the event here. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Political Economy.

February 1, 6:30 PM (tentative time) Federalist Society Lawyers Division Chapter, Portland, OR: "Federalism and Sanctuary Cities." This event is likely to be open only to Federalist Society members and guests.

February 2, 12:05-1:20 PM, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR, Symposium on "US v. Oregon: Examining the Role of Federalism under the Trump Administration": "Why Progressives Should Help Make Constitutional Federalism Great Again" (keynote speech). The schedule for the entire symposium is available here.

February 12, 12:10-1:10 PM, Columbia Law School, New York, NY: "The Free Market Conservative Case for Open Borders Immigration." Sponsored by the Columbia Law School Federalist Society.

February 13, 12:30-2:30 PM, Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY: "Why Trump's Travel Ban is Unconstitutional" (debate with Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, who will defend the legality of the travel ban). Sponsored by the Fordham Law School Federalist Society. This will be the second-ever Ilya vs. Ilya debate. For a video of the first one (sponsored by the Reason Foundation), see here. Though the other Ilya and I agree on many things, we often differ on constitutional issues related to immigration. Sponsored by the Fordham Federalist Society.

February 15, 1:30-3:30 PM (followed by reception), Law Department, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan: "Free to Move: Foot Voting and Political Freedom" (based on my next book, which I am currently working on) There will be comments by three Japanese scholars, followed by a brief reply from me, and questions from the audience (proceedings will be in English, since sadly I do not speak Japanese). This event may be primarily for students and faculty at the university, though arrangements could potentially be made for other interested attendees.

February 27, 11:15-12:30 PM, New York University School of Law, New York, NY, panel on "The Free Movement of Labor," Symposium on "Freedom vs. Fairness: The Tension Between Free Market and Populist Ideals on Labor": The other participants in the panel will be Kit Johnson (University of North Dakota), Michael LeRoy (University of Illinois), and Lori A. Nessel (Seton Hall University). Professor Mario Rizzo of NYU will moderate. Sponsored by the NYU Journal of Law and Liberty. For a complete schedule of the symposium, see here.

March 1, 9:30-11 AM, Hofstra University, New York, NY, Spring 2018 Donald Sutherland Lecture: "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter." Invited lecture based on my book of the same name. Discounted signed copies of the book are likely to be available for sale.

March 5, exact time TBA: George Mason University, Center for Narrative and Conflict Resolution, Founder's Hall: Arlington, VA, Conference on "Public Journalism and Deliberative Democracy: Exploring the Role of Narrative." My talk will focus on "Political Ignorance and Deliberative Democracy."