In this AEI Events Podcast, Princeton Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West discuss their close friendship that thrives despite their deep political disagreements—a surprising message in a politically polarized culture. Their lively conversation with Ramesh Ponnuru—who was their student at Princeton—seeks to answer one question: What is the purpose of a liberal arts education?

West and George have spent the past several years teaching and lecturing together to accomplish a common goal: the provision of a true liberal arts education to their students. Through their courses and their friendship, they have served as examples of how, when two knowledgeable and principled individuals come together in an honest and nonadversarial pursuit of truth, the competition of ideas deepens their own understanding of that truth.

In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Nat Malkus welcomes Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, Stephen Raudenbush, and Lisa Rosen, the authors of “The Ambitious Elementary School: Its Conception, Design, and Implications for Educational Equality,” to AEI to discuss school design, personalized instruction, and educational equality.

The authors open the event by describing their theory of school reform and its implementation at the University of Chicago Charter School. Their efforts have reduced racial inequality and improved reading ability among elementary school students. In short, the authors advocate for increased collaboration among teachers, administrators, and parents and for systemic approaches to school turnarounds.

In this AEI Events Podcast, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and AEI’s Leon Aron discuss the threat Vladimir Putin’s regime poses to Western countries and institutions, particularly the United States. Rep. Smith argues that the US must deter Russia by providing Ukraine with more military assistance and forward-deploying troops in the Baltic States.

Dr. Aron and Rep. Smith agree that Putin prolongs his regime by using a false historical narrative based on resentment toward perceived Western affronts to maintain a besieged “us versus them” mentality; it is crucial to deter Putin and turn his foreign policy into a source of embarrassment and defeat, rather than pride.

In this AEI Events Podcast, Jose Carrion, chairman of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, discusses the economic and political challenges faced by Puerto Rico. Following his address, a panel, including AEI’s Andrew Biggs and Desmond Lachman, exchange views on these challenges and propose a number of solutions, ranging from labor market reforms to stimulating economic growth through existing Medicaid reforms and the earned income tax credit.

The panel features Andrew Biggs (AEI, Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico), Desmond Lachman (AEI), Anne Krueger (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), and Antonio Weiss (Harvard Kennedy School), and is moderated by Alex J. Pollock (R Street Institute).

In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Peter J. Wallison hosts Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) of the House Financial Services Committee at AEI to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act. They evaluate the causes of the 2007–08 financial crisis and how the Dodd-Frank Act fails to address those causes.

Mr. Wallison and Chairman Hensarling consider the Dodd-Frank Act’s role in reducing lending activities — especially among small and community banks — and the ensuing slow recovery. They then discuss the challenges for the CHOICE Act in the House and Senate.

In this AEI Events Podcast, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) joins AEI President Arthur C. Brooks to discuss his book, The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance. Senator Sasse argues that debates about millennials miss the point. Millennials are different than different generations, but the problem is much more serious than many think. Their factory-style education has prevented them from learning the key inputs of being a good citizen: self-sufficiency, independence, and humility.

Sen. Sasse and Dr. Brooks agreed that too many high school graduates think they have to go to college. Sasse hypothesizes that this “college or bust” motif will not last long, as the demands of the economy will force education innovations that disrupt the model.