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Will Mayoral Control Save Our Schools?

with Diane Ravitchvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Diane Ravitch speaks at the Hoover Institution on issues about mayoral control theory and states opinions on the American public school system. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

How One State Dealt with Hurricane Katrina

with Haley Barbourvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Haley Barbour discusses how one State dealt with Hurricane Katrina. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

Governor Haley Barbour

How Can The GOP Get Its Groove Back?

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Haley Barbourvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Governor Haley Barbour reflects on the current state of the Grand Old Party and what it will take for it to regain its prominence in American politics. What did the GOP do right in the mid-nineties to capture a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years, and what is it doing wrong today? And how can the party adapt the conservatism of Ronald Reagan to the current issues of the day? Video transcripts

The State of Conservatives and Liberals

with Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt, Tod Lindbergvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt and Tod Lindberg discuss the state of conservatives and liberals in America. The discussion touches on an alleged liberal hatred towards conservatives and how the current "Bush Hate" climate is affecting the conservative movement. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

Challenges of the War in Iraq

with Kimberly Kaganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Dr. Kimberly Kagan discusses the challenges of the war in Iraq and how America can succeed. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

The Peculiar Economics of Political Pandering

with Russell Robertsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Russell Roberts, Hoover Fellow and professor of economics at George Mason University, speaks on Hillary, Daisuke, and China: The Peculiar Economics of Political Pandering. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized Politics

with David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Pietro Nivolavia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

During the past decade, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have been able to capture a majority of the vote in national elections. In fact, the country hasn't been so evenly divided since the 1870s. Some say this is evidence of a culture war and a political divide that has split the country into two Americas. Others disagree, arguing that in fact most Americans are in the moderate middle and are divided on relatively few issues. Who's right?

Rudy Giuliani

via Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 26, 2007

New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani spoke of reinvention, reinvigoration, and strategies to bring greater freedom to Americans when he spoke on Monday at a meeting of the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers in Washington, D.C.

Complimenting the Hoover Institution on its mission and work, Guiliani told the 250 overseers and guests in attendance that "[Hoover] had made it possible for a whole new way of looking at government. You have given us intellectual depth and created change in the way we look at the interplay between government and the private sector."

Giuliani discussed the need for the Republican Party to remake and redefine itself in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

"In redefining ourselves, we have to give people more freedom," he said.

He also discussed at length the careful and strategic management of taxation, education reforms, and entitlement reforms, all of which can and should provide greater freedom to citizens, he said - Hoover Institution.

John Micklethwait

Inside The Economist Magazine

by Peter M. Robinsonwith John Micklethwaitvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 5, 2007

From his vantage point as the editor-in-chief of one of the most respected news magazines in the world, John Micklethwait discusses how this 150-year-old “newspaper” maintains its leadership position in the increasing precarious environment of print journalism. Along the way, he offers his job performance evaluation of Tony Blair and George Bush and is challenged to defend his previous assertion that “The conservative movement has become the dominant intellectual force in American politics.” (42:47) Video transcript

A Debate on School Reform: Curriculum and Instruction or Markets and Choice?

with Chester E. Finn Jr., E. Donald Hirsch Jr., Caroline M. Hoxby, Paul E. Peterson, Diane Ravitchvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Koret Task Force on K-–12 Education is a top-rate team of education experts brought together by the Hoover Institution, with the support of the Koret Foundation, to work on education reform. The primary objectives of the task force are to gather, evaluate, and disseminate existing evidence in an analytical context, and analyze reform measures that will enhance the quality and productivity of K-–12 education.


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