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Oct
23
3:00 PM15:00

Wood: The Building Material of the Future?

  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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The unique properties of mass timber differentiate it from light-frame construction and include fire safety, resistance to seismic and explosive forces, thermal performance, and aesthetics. A light, renewable material, its use not only lowers carbon emissions from the building sector but also provides long-term carbon storage—turning buildings into carbon sinks. Policymakers are interested in mass timber for its role in rural economic development, forest health and preservation, resilient infrastructure, and climate change mitigation. This briefing will bring together experts to tell the emerging story of the U.S. mass timber industry and how to capitalize on its potential.

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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Carbon Capture Technology Update and Innovative Uses of Captured Carbon

  • 2322 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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On behalf of the Coal Caucus and Chairman David McKinley, P.E., I would like to extend an invitation to a staff briefing being held on Wednesday, October 24th at 10:00 am. The topic of the briefing is carbon capture technologies and innovative uses of captured carbon. Please RSVP to Brian.Garand@mail.house.gov 

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Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

9th Annual Buckley Awards

Join America’s Future Foundation and the nation’s leading freedom-minded young professionals as we celebrate the 9th Annual Buckley Award recipients and their work to limit government and increase liberty across the United States. Meet and mingle with the this year’s winners, the esteemed selection committee, and other inspiring leaders from across the free market movement at this must attend event.

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Oct
25
11:30 AM11:30

China, Trade, and Power: A Discussion with Stewart Patterson

  • 232 East Capitol Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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On October 25, the USAI is co-hosting a lunch briefing with the Hinrich Foundation discussing the themes on China, Trade, and Power. Since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, its economy has grown to the second largest in the world. Over the years, China’s economic power has been translated into political power. Recently, there has been a growing concern in the West that whether China’s ascending economic and political power would change the existing liberal order. This lunch briefing discusses China’s influence and what it means for the West. RSVP

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Vital Statistics: Vital to Maternal and Child Health

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This briefing will provide important information about vital records and the birth and death data they yield, including how they are being used to promote maternal and child health, what the federal government and vital records jurisdictions have done to improve the timeliness and accuracy of data, and what more may be done to further improve data and ultimately, maternal and child health.

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Oct
25
3:00 PM15:00

Energy Efficiency: America’s Job-Creation Powerhouse

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and E4TheFuture invite you to a briefing on the growing number of Americans employed in the energy efficiency sector. The latest report from the nonprofit groups E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) reveals a vibrant and growing part of the economy focused on helping homeowners and businesses make the most of their power supply. The briefing will showcase the perspectives of industry analysts and insiders on why energy efficiency is one of the most dynamic parts of the U.S. economy today.

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Oct
26
12:00 PM12:00

Is Big Tech Too Big? Assessing Calls for Antitrust Investigations of America’s Technology Firms

  • 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Are big technology firms really “too big”? Do they still deliver more benefits than costs? Should antitrust regulators be concerned? Or are competition and market forces sufficient to discipline these industries? Join us as our panel of experts examines these recent calls for antitrust investigations of America’s technology firms.

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Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

Thinking Strategically About Human Rights Challenges in Negotiations with North Korea

The prospect of a second summit between Trump and Kim is an opportunity where the administration can and should express concerns over Kim Jong-un’s egregious human rights track record. Join us for a conversation on how and why raising human rights issues advances U.S. national security objectives.

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Oct
29
11:00 AM11:00

Bold Housing Solutions: Opportunities To Expand the National Housing Trust Fund

During the briefing, speakers will discuss the findings from NLIHC’s new report, Getting Started, and share how initial Housing Trust Fund investments have impacted local communities. Speakers will also share how legislative opportunities to expand the Housing Trust Fund would help address the underlying cause of the affordable housing crisis – the severe shortage of rental homes affordable to people with the lowest incomes. State-specific information will be provided at the briefing.

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Oct
29
11:00 AM11:00

Getting Started: First Homes Built with National Housing Trust Fund Awards

The national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) is the first new housing resource since 1974 targeted to building, rehabilitating, preserving, and operating rental housing for extremely low income people. Durnig the briefing, speakers will share how the intial HTF funding has impacted local communities and reduced the shortage of homes affordable and availabe to extermely low income renter households.

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Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

The threat of the congressional primary and its haunting, driving influence on incumbent behavior

In their newly released paper, Anticipating Trouble: Congressional Primaries and Incumbent Behavior, Brookings Senior Fellow of Governance Studies Elaine Kamarck and R Street Senior Governance Fellow James Wallner take on this conundrum to answer the question of how incumbents' behaviors change when considering the threat of a primary challenger and the longterm effects of this behavior.

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Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

Staff Lunch Briefing: Human Rights in China

Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s expert staff will discuss the findings and recommendations of the 2018 Annual Report at a lunch briefing for Congressional staff.  The bipartisan CECC monitors and reports on human rights conditions and rule of law developments in China. RSVP Required by October 29 @ 12pm RSVP

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Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

Chemical Slavery: Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Drug Epidemic

In a landmark book from national drug policy leader Robert L. DuPont, MD, Chemical Slavery covers two crucial topics: First, the national drug epidemic including an understanding of its evolution to become a national emergency, and the science of addiction and recovery. Second, Dr. DuPont presents his experience-based guide to the intimate, day-to-day struggle with the disease of addiction from prevention to lasting recovery. This book shows the ways in which these two domains of addiction, the national and the personal, are intertwined and can be both understood and managed.

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Oct
31
12:00 PM12:00

School Choice in Puerto Rico: New Education Opportunities for Puerto Rican Children

In Puerto Rico, children struggle in an underperforming education system that has poorer educational outcomes than any of the 50 states on the U.S. mainland. Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Secretary of Education Julia Keleher have proposed considerable and long-overdue reforms to Puerto Rico’s education system.

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Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

Normandy for Peace Briefing

Hello! Please join the Office of Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter in coordination with the French American Fund, at their informational briefing on the Normandy for Peace Project. This semester, our office has had the pleasure of hosting Lucile Simon, a fellow from France, who has been tasked with raising awareness for the Normandy for Peace project. 

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Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

The Impact of Elections in MENA and the Western Balkans: A Look at Bosnia and Herzegovina, Libya, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan

What is the Real Meaning of Reconciliation in Libya, and When Will Elections Take Place? What's Next for Bosnia and Herzegovina: is the Economic Reform Agenda Still Alive? Prospect for Progress in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan: New Governments in Baghdad and Erbil. Investment as a Means to Strengthen Democracy and Stability in Fragile Countries.

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Nov
13
5:30 PM17:30

2018 National Bison Day Reception

  • 2172 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Featuring: Bison-themed food and drinks, and Displays from Bison Enthusiasts. Last year, Congress honored the bison by officially adopting it as the National Mammal of the United States. Today, we celebrate our newest national symbol and the bison’s continued contribution to our nation’s history, culture, ecology and economy.

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Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Extraordinary People Screening

  • 340 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Extraordinary People tells the story of six adults across the autism spectrum, who, despite individual challenges, have found meaningful value and a deep sense of pride from their work at a business called Extraordinary Ventures. The film redefines expectations for employers and society alike, and shows the essential role a job plays for not just these six individuals, but for all adults. Please join us for a reception and screening of Extraordinary People.

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Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Native American Heritage Month Reception

  • 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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The theme of this year's project is "Native American Dream.” During the reception, youth artists will speak about their artwork and provide a special address regarding the current state of Indian Country. This initiative presents a wonderful opportunity for all participants to witness how visual art and policy can work together. R.S.V.P.

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Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Third Thursday: Annual Benefit for Thrive DC

  • 1221 Van Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with government affairs professionals in all sectors of the industry, at all stages of their careers! Join us in the beautiful space at Mission in Navy Yard at 5:30pm on November 15 to support this wonderful cause and Inclusively Connect DC.

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Dec
4
12:00 PM12:00

From the Color of Birds to Nanomaterials and New Technology

  • G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Like a prism that decomposes a beam of light into a rainbow of colors, Fourier analysis transforms the geometrical arrangements observed in electron microscope images of tissues of living organisms into a mathematical rainbow of basic components. This decoding/decomposing" process both deciphers and quantifies order. Come explore this world of bright colors and tiny, ordered structures with Dr. Rodolfo Torres, whose research has been funded by the National Science Foundation for the past 25 years and includes collaborations with biologists, engineers, and economists.

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Dec
7
8:30 AM08:30

InfraGard EMP SIG Summit

Our Critical Infrastructure is vital to our country. It is important to be informed about threats and what is happening to be prepared.  InfraGard EMP SIG™ has invited experts to present valuable information on various aspects of our critical infrastructure to make it more resilient.

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Oct
23
2:30 PM14:30

The Flores Settlement Agreement: Background, Proposed Changes, and Possible Impacts

I cordially invite you to a briefing about this important topic. The panel will give staff a brief background on the Flores Settlement, explain how it would change under the proposed rule, and describe some of the potential long reaching impacts. The panel will also discuss available resources to help interested members and offices submit tailored and personalized comments to the proposed rule. CHS.RSVP@mail.house.gov

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Oct
23
2:00 PM14:00

Briefing on Strategic Competition Between the U.S. and China in Space, Cyber, and Long-range Missiles

  • 2358-A Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Congressman John Rutherford and Congressman Jim Langevin invite you to a briefing on Tuesday, October 23rd at 2:00 PM in 2358-A Rayburn (please note the room change, it is no longer in Cannon) with analysts from the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) to discuss China’s rapid progress in space, cyber, and long-range missile technologies and the implications for U.S. security.

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Oct
23
12:00 PM12:00

Budgeting for the Next Generation: A Conversation on Children and Federal Policy

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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When it comes to the federal budget, children are clearly not a high priority. Despite higher rates of poverty and more economic potential than older generations, children receive a smaller share of federal dollars and are burdened with a large share of the national debt. Please join the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and a panel of experts for a conversation on federal policy and budgeting for children. Click here to register

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Oct
23
11:00 AM11:00

Problems with the JOBS Act and How They Can Be Fixed

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) was designed to reduce the regulatory burden on entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital to launch or grow their business. It improved the regulatory environment for private offerings and Regulation A offerings, reduced the burden on newly public “Emerging Growth Companies” and permitted crowdfunding. But the law contained serious flaws that seriously reduce its effectiveness. Please join us for a discussion of the impact of the JOBS Act, its flaws, and how to fix those flaws.

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Oct
23
9:30 AM09:30

U.S. Automotive Industry Needs Free Trade

The American automotive industry is impacted by tariffs on steel and aluminum, a primary intermediate good in their production process, potential tariffs on automobiles and parts, as well as the proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Join us for a discussion on the importance of trade for the American automotive industry and the impact current trade policies have on their ability to do business.

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Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

An Evening of Naval History

  • 1616 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)
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Join us for an evening lecture with Ian W. Toll, award-winning author and military historian, who will share lessons learned from naval operations in the Pacific during World War II. Toll, author of The Pacific Trilogy, will share his expertise in his address: “Seapower Reconsidered: The Naval War in the Pacific.” This event will be followed by remarks and a special presentation from ADM John Richardson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, to the winners of the 2018 Chief of Naval Operations Naval History Essay Contest and a reception.

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Oct
22
12:15 PM12:15

What Can Congress Do to Improve Global Nuclear Security?

  • 2172 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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lease join the Partnership for a Secure America, the Arms Control Association, and the Hudson Institute for a lunch briefing to address the state of global nuclear security. Alarmed by nuclear smuggling and terrorist efforts to acquire WMD, world leaders have strengthened security of dangerous materials but theft, trafficking, and terrorism remain potent problems. Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP to Jack Brosnan at events@psaonline.org.  Lunch will be provided.

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Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Inherent Contempt Enforcement Rule: Panel Discussion and Lunch

  • 2226 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Good Government Now Senior Fellow Morton Rosenberg has proposed reinvigorating congressional subpoena enforcement power by establishing a revised version of the historical inherent contempt procedure through an amendment to the rules of the House. A panel of distinguished congressional oversight experts will debate Rosenberg’s proposed “Inherent Contempt Procedure Rule” in a luncheon discussion sponsored by Good Government Now

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Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Roll Call's Fall Grad Fair

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Looking to climb the political career ladder? Did you know that nearly 50% of Capitol Hill chiefs of staff and 40% of legislative directors and senior legislative assistants have advanced degrees? Join Roll Call Live's Graduate School Fair on October 18, 2018, to learn more about the benefits of a graduate degree on or off Capitol Hill! Network with other prospective students and admissions representatives from the best graduate schools in public affairs, politics, business and government. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served!

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Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Benefiting from Federal Research Funding: Technology Transfer, the Bayh-Dole Act, Patent Rights, and Society

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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On behalf of the Eagle Forum, Education and Legal Defense Fund, I cordially invite you to a panel on the importance of Federal research funding. The panel discussion will focus on the topics of technology transfer, the Bayh-Dole Act, and patent rights.

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Oct
18
9:30 AM09:30

3 Steps Congress Can Take NOW to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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In conjunction with the Bipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence and as part of YWCA’s annual Week Without Violence, YWCA USA invites you to a Congressional Briefing on Thursday, October 18 at 9:30 A.M. in the Capitol Visitors Center, Room CVC 268.  In this briefing, YWCA local leaders who provide direct services and support to survivors will share their frontline experiences. We will also highlight three specific bills that Congress can pass NOW to protect women, meet survivors’ needs, and prevent gender-based violence – at home, at work, in school, and in our communities.

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Oct
18
8:30 AM08:30

A Tale of Two Crises: Using Tech and Innovation to Combat Opioid Abuse and Diabetes

What role can technology and digital tools play in improving prevention and treatment of diabetes and curbing the opioid epidemic? What are innovative ways that social determinants of health can be addressed? Join POLITICO Live for a two-panel conversation with policymakers, federal officials, technology and health experts to better understand what is already working and what is still needed to address these two massive health challenges.

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Oct
17
12:30 PM12:30

The U.S. and Iran: On a Collision Course?

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The snapback of sanctions has taken a heavy toll on Iran’s economy, yet Iran has ruled out further negotiations with the United States while continuing to implement the nuclear accord. Moreover, regional tensions continue to escalate, with Iran responding with missile strikes on alleged ISIS targets in Syria in response to a deadly terror attack in Ahvaz on September 22. Is the Trump administration replicating the North Korea playbook with Iran? What impact are sanctions having on the Iranian economy? And, can the nuclear accord survive amid the pressure campaign? RSVP Required

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Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Shifting Demographics and Hockey’s Future

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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The NHL’s social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs team is hosting a policy briefing “Shifting Demographics and Hockey’s Future” on the Hill on Oct 17. The Stanley Cup will be there... and it has the newly engraved names of last year’s champion — the Washington Capitals. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is scheduled to deliver introductory remarks. 

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Oct
17
11:30 AM11:30

An Update on South Asia: Elections, India and the Current U.S. Strategy

  • 2226 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association and the Council on Foreign Relations for a discussion on current development in Pakistan, including the recent elections, the 2+2 meetings in India and the larger U.S. national security questions in the Indo-Pacific.  

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Relations with Russia and China have soured, the European Union is wobbling, partisan politics are increasingly vicious, and the United States is stuck in costly and counterproductive wars that have expended trillions of taxpayer dollars and undermined its influence around the world. In a new book, Harvard professor Stephen Walt argues that the root of this dismal record is the Washington foreign policy establishment’s stubborn commitment to a strategy of “liberal hegemony.”

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Oct
16
3:30 PM15:30

Cyber Women on Capitol Hill: Women's Cybersecurity Leadership Symposium

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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Join us on Capitol Hill to celebrate DC CyberWeek, champion women's leadership and learn how to have a voice with Congressional Members and Staff. We will host a FireSide chat with cybersecurity industry and government women leaders, engage in open forum Q&A, participate in professional round table discussions on women's cybersecurity roles in Washington, D.C. and collaborate in dynamic networking to meet inspiring Washington, D.C. women.

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Oct
16
10:00 AM10:00

Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and Food Security in Guatemala: It’s Time For Governments to be Accountable

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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The lack of legal protection of indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, territories and natural resources has created an environment in which 2.5% of farms take up two-thirds of all agricultural land and agribusiness such as sugarcane and palm oil continue to expand on the lands of indigenous communities. Global respect for indigenous land rights is key to addressing food insecurity and protecting the planet against environmental degradation.

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Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

How Businesses, Cities, and States Are Leading Climate Action Efforts

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) invite you to a briefing on some of the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit, which was held in San Francisco September 12-14. The briefing will showcase some of the carbon reduction actions being taken by a wide range of sub-national actors, including states, regions, cities, and companies.

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Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger—who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book—reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target.

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Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Parental Leave: Is There a Case for Federal Action?

  • 2075 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join us for a conversation about paid family leave and current federal proposals for paid leave. Emily Ekins, director of polling at Cato Institute, will provide a first look at new public opinion polling on paid leave. Vanessa Brown Calder, Veronique de Rugy, and Rachel Greszler will discuss their research on paid family leave, with a focus on current federal proposals like the FAMILY Act (the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act) and Social Security–paid family leave.

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Oct
11
2:30 PM14:30

Unpacking the IPCC's Latest Climate Report

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Next Monday, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release their assessment of how we can limit global warming to 1.5°C, and how important this is for the environment, economic stability, and the livelihoods of billions of people. Please Join Third Way and World Resources Institute for a briefing on the highlights of this new report, and how it can inform the U.S.’s response to climate change.

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Oct
11
1:00 PM13:00

Congressional Rural Caucus Briefing on Census-Guided Funds to Rural Areas

  • 1302 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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he results of the 2020 decennial census are expected to determine the allocation of more than $8.5 trillion in federal funds over the next decade, which will have a significant impact on Rural America. A new study by the Counting for Dollars Project, led by Professor Andrew Reamer at George Washington University, uncovers the extent to which financial assistance programs will rely on this data to distribute federal monies and how its accuracy will impact the geographic distribution of funds.

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Oct
11
11:00 AM11:00

An Interview with Roger Scruton

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Roger Scruton is the most prominent British conservative philosopher writing today. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the foundations of conservatism, the role of private property and markets in a free society, the proper role of government in the economic sphere, inequality, justice, the problems inherent in socialism, environmental conservatism, and why he is a reluctant capitalist. He is the author of over 40 books, most recently Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition.

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Oct
11
8:30 AM08:30

How De-Escalation Training can be an Effective Community Violence Prevention Tool

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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At this briefing, panelists will discuss how encouraging the use of de-escalation techniques by a broader swath of stakeholders, including those who work with youth, holds great potential for helping reduce or prevent conflict and violence in our communities.

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Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Manufacturing USA Expo and Reception

Please join us for beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the release of the new Manufacturing USA Annual Report. Come meet the Institute Directors and Members while they showcase what the institutes and their partners are doing together to secure America’s manufacturing future through some recent innovations. Attendees must register in advance for drink tickets.

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