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A Century of Ideas: A Century of Prosperity: A Review of the Standard of Living, 1919 vs. 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Stanford University

The past century has witnessed dramatic improvements in the standard of living in the United States. Panelists will discuss the role that free markets, property rights, innovation, regulation, and national security have played in this remarkable advancement in human well-being.

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A Century Of Ideas: One Hundred Years Of Democracy And Foreign Policy

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Stanford University

The United States was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and for decades, support for democracy around the world has been a central tenet of American foreign policy. The past century provides many examples of prosperity in thriving democracies balanced with the instability of authoritarian and repressive regimes. This panel discussion will address the changing role of democracy building in America’s foreign policy over the past century.

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The Timeless Ideas Of Milton Friedman

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Milton Friedman’s work continues to inform and inspire researchers and policymakers.

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The History Of Nuclear Warfare And The Future Of Nuclear Energy

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The first atomic strike in 1945 changed the world forever.

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Celebrating The Life Of Lou Henry Hoover

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Friday, March 8, 2019

In honor of International Women’s Day, we celebrate the life of Lou Henry Hoover, an extraordinary champion of women and girls.

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Simplifying The Tax System: The History Of The Flat Tax

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Hoover Fellows Alvin Rabushka and Robert Hall first proposed the flat-tax plan in 1981, and it continues to be utilized in countries around the world to this day.

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Hoover’s Research Initiatives Take The Lead In Global Policy Research

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Friday, February 22, 2019

The diverse research initiatives at the Hoover Institution are a microcosm of the institution’s activities advancing its mission of putting forth leading scholarly research to inform and advise world leaders, policy makers, the informed public, and other scholars.

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A Century Of Ideas For A Free Society: The Centennial Speaker Series

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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Hoover Institution marks its centennial in 2019. In recognition of this momentous occasion, a lecture series entitled A Century of Ideas for a Free Society will be launched in March 2019 to showcase the rigorous scholarship and research central to the institution’s mission and values: individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and limited, effective representative government. These timeless and fundamental values are derived from one hundred years of scholarship, the lessons of history, and a fundamental understanding of the nature of war, revolution, and peace.

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The Pursuit of Peace

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Friday, February 15, 2019

In 1919, Europe was in recovery from the devastation of World War I, the Russian Civil War was raging, the Versailles peace negotiations had begun, Adolph Hitler gave his first speech to the German Workers Party, and the world was awash in change. Herbert Hoover had witnessed firsthand the devastating aftermath of the war as Chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, where he led the relief effort for the food crisis that Belgium faced after the German invasion. He recognized that history was being forged around him and in 1919 he sent $50,000 to his alma mater, Stanford University, to be used to archive materials from the “Great War” for future generations.

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Hoover Celebrates One Hundred Years Of “Ideas Defining A Free Society”

Monday, December 31, 2018
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Policy innovation and intellectual discoveries marked the Hoover Institution’s first one hundred years, and an even bigger stage is set for a second century of breakthroughs. This year, the Hoover Institution celebrates its centennial with events, discussions, and an exhibition commemorating the one-hundred-year-old think tank, which stands today as the world’s preeminent archive and policy research center dedicated to freedom, private enterprise, and effective, limited government.

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Policy innovation and intellectual discoveries marked the Hoover Institution’s first one hundred years, and an even bigger stage is set for a second century of breakthroughs.

This year, the Hoover Institution celebrates its centennial with events, discussions, and an exhibition commemorating the one-hundred-year-old think tank, which stands today as the world’s preeminent archive and policy research center dedicated to freedom, private enterprise, and effective, limited government.

One of a kind, Hoover’s influence is as far-reaching as it is profound in the circles of US policy-making and scholarship. Launched in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, the institution is unique among American think tanks for its library and archival collections, connection to a university like Stanford, and primary residence on the West Coast—though it also offers the Hoover Institution in Washington.

Hoover’s location offers intellectual as well as geographical benefits, arguably giving scholars a more detached, bird’s-eye perspective on the DC policy landscape and the issues of our tumultuous world. As the late Milton Friedman, economist and senior fellow, once said, “The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus,” and “The problem in this world is to avoid concentration of power—we must have a dispersion of power.”

The Hoover Institution is America’s think tank, mobilizing policy ideas and pioneering the principles of peace and freedom at an urgent time in our nation’s political history. The foundation has been laid for the next one hundred years.