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25th Anniversary Events

The School of Public Policy is honored to host distinguished speakers, expert policy leaders, educators, noteworthy scholars, and many more from across the nation. We invite you to attend our upcoming events!

Upcoming Events

Child walking in the street alone

No Way to Treat a Child Webinar Series

September 20, 2022
October 11, 2022
November 15, 2022
December 6, 2022

Naomi Schaefer Riley
Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute 

Featured Speakers

Sarah Anne Font
Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Penn State University

Ronald Richter
CEO and Executive Director of JCCA

Jedd Medefind
President of the Christian Alliance for Orphan

Emily Putnam-Hornstein
John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Past Events

Date  Event Speaker(s)
June 22, 2022

Inside the Business and Geo-Politics of Modern Slavery

Pete Peterson, Dean, Pepperdine School of Public Policy
Siddharth Kara, author, researcher, screenwriter, and activist on modern slavery; British Academy Global Professor (2020-2024); Senior Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

June 9, 2022

Metro Majority: Local America

A Manhattan Institute event

Keynote Speaker
Edward Glaeser, Harvard University

Panelists Include
Fmr. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City of San Diego
Mayor Kevin Lincoln, City of Stockton
Mayor Eric Johnson, City of Dallas
Rick Cole, Congress for New Urbanism

May 23, 2022

Free Speech 2022 Conference
Challenges and Opportunities through Institutions

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Robert George

Panelists include
Naomi Schaefer Riley (AEI), Bion Bartning (FAIR), Tunku Varadrajan (Wall Street Journal), Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic), and many more!

May 11, 2022

Is This What Direct Democracy Looks Like?

A Zócalo Event in Partnership with the Berggruen Institute, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the Pepperdine School of Public Policy

Shirley Weber, California Secretary Of State
Mark Baldassare President, Public Policy Institute Of California
John Matsusaka President, Initiative & Referendum Institute
Nathan Gardels Editor-In-Chief, Noema Magazine 

April 28, 2022 Is There Hope for the 'Dying Citizen'?

Victor Davis Hanson
Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University

March 31, 2022 Human Forever: The Digital Politics of Spiritual War

James Poulos
Co-founder and executive editor, American Mind, Claremont Institute
Cofounder and publisher, RETURN, New Founding

March 17, 2022 The Place of the Constitution in the Education of Citizens

Wilfred M. McClay
Victor Davis Hanson Chair in Classical History and Western Civilization, Hillsdale College

February 9, 2022 Black History: An Affirmation of American Values

Robert L. Woodson Sr.
Founder and president, The Woodson Center

February 7, 2022 POLICIES WITH IMPACT: A Conversation With Senator Henry Stern

Senator Henry Stern

January 26, 2022 Faith & Public Policy Series
"No Way to Treat a Child"—Foster Care and Youth Services

Featured Speaker
Naomi Schaefer Riley
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute 

Dominique Robinson
Faith-based program manager, LA County Department of Children and Family Services
Jessica Valdez
Director of Adoption Promotion and Support Services, Olive Crest

Dan Broyles
Pastor, Valencia Hills Community Church