There is an ongoing debate about the relationship between the Constitution and slavery prior to the 13th Amendment. On the one hand, the words “slave” and “slavery” do not appear in the document. On the other, there was no explicit federal ban of this evil practice until 1865. Some view this omission as a covert way of preserving slavery while shrouding the Founders’ hypocrisy. Others, such as Frederick Douglass, consider the Constitution to be an “anti-slavery” document because a “plain and common-sense reading of the Constitution” clearly prohibits slavery. Still others see it as a compromise, delicately omitting the word “slave” to avoid the implication that there could be “property in men,” but conceding its permissibility, with the hope that it would become extinct. Please join us for a thoughtful discussion about these rival conceptions of the Constitution with our distinguished historians and constitutional scholars.


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The Supreme Court returns October 5th for its 2020-2021 Term, and the justices will hear cases on a number of important issues: religious liberty, the administrative state, copyright protections, Obamacare, the Mueller report, and more. For instance, in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Court will determine whether states may bar faith-based foster care agencies if they have a traditional view of marriage. In Collins v. Mnuchin, the Court will further refine the extent of the President’s appointment and removal powers and control over independent, single-director federal agencies, following its decision last term in Seila Law v. CFPB. In Google LLC v. Oracle, the Court will decide whether copyright protection extends to a software interface. The Court will consider whether states may challenge the minimum coverage provision in the Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas, and whether Congress is permitted access to the Mueller Report in its entirety in DOJ v. House Committee on the Judiciary. Please join us for a thoughtful discussion with two distinguished Supreme Court litigators about what is likely to unfold in the next Supreme Court term.


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The unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has raised concerns over the future course of Japan’s diplomatic, security, and economic policies. As Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Abe brought political stability as well as enacting an impressive list of national security and diplomatic initiatives. He was a stalwart supporter of the alliance with the United States and championed policies that promoted freedom in the region.

While none of Abe’s likely successors are expected to dramatically change course, there are questions as to whether Japan will continue Abe’s strong advocacy for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, and his planned security initiatives to combat the growing Chinese military threat. How will Tokyo respond to U.S. demands for greater security contributions, and deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 virus while balancing competing economic demands of Washington and Beijing?

The Transatlantic alliance finds itself facing significant challenges. Russia is increasingly assertive and aggressive, and utilizes every means at its disposal to advance its strategic aims. Meanwhile, China aims to advance its power and influence across the globe through promoting its flagship policies and policing China discourse while suppressing human rights at home, including in Hong Kong. Coupled with these challenges is the ongoing economic, societal, political, and security upheaval resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. What impact will Covid-19 have on the future of Europe, and European economic productivity?

Transatlantic unity remains vital. The Netherlands is a crucial partner in protecting and advancing the principles that undergird the Atlantic alliance. Join us as Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, addresses the future of US-European cooperation at this critical juncture.

Six of ten aerial drones used by American state and local law enforcement agencies are Chinese-made. Recent independent investigations reveal that Chinese drones and their supporting applications secretly collect sensitive user data and can imbed code that allows them to identify specific targets of interest, access that target’s networks and ultimately compromise the user’s phone. Chinese corporations like DJI, the world’s leading small drone manufacturer, use technology to harvest vast amounts of information that is fed, by Chinese law, to the Chinese government.

Join industry, law enforcement and technology experts for a hard-hitting discussion on Chinese drones and the risks they pose to the communities where they are employed.

From Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History, to The New York Times 1619 Project, revisionists have claimed that America’s past is nothing more than a history of oppression, slavery, and exploitation. During the ongoing battle to control American history, the media and the educational system have manipulated young Americans into turning a cold shoulder to bedrock principles of free speech, individual liberty, and limited government. Join us for the second of a three-part series, America’s History of Hope. You will gain a deeper understanding of the dangers of revisionist history and the importance of preserving America’s founding ideals and principles.


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The U.S.-Taiwan relationship is increasingly important in the face of a more aggressive China. While U.S. relations with Taiwan are strong and have, in fact, improved in some respects, economic cooperation remains underdeveloped. For years, The Heritage Foundation has called for increased economic cooperation and broader dialogue to address areas of private sector cooperation. Join us as we explore the potential of these initiatives and others.


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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the formation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights in July 2019 and charged the members to meet with a broad group of experts and write a report to advise the Secretary with advice on how to pursue and champion “human rights grounded in our nation’s founding principles and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The Commission published its draft report last month and it has received both acclaim and criticism. Please join Commission member Peter Berkowitz and human rights expert Aaron Rhodes to discuss the report and why it elicited such varied reactions.


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School Resource Officers play an important role in keeping students safe, even serving as role models in their local communities. However, since George Floyd’s tragic death, protesters and policymakers have been calling for reform to, and in some cases the defunding of, police departments around the country. The Minneapolis Board of Education and others have severed their contracts with local police, yet removing School Resource Officers from local schools is a risky proposition. Join us as our panel delivers a wake-up call on this critical issue.


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It’s back-to-school season, but millions of K-12 students are not going back—not to classrooms anyway. This semester finds parents anxious that children are falling behind and schools scrambling to keep students and teachers safe if and when their buildings open. To top it all off, a national teacher union has endorsed strikes if schools reopen, and special interest groups are demanding more federal spending for pandemic-related concerns. Policymakers and parents need solutions when unions put politics ahead of children, and every child deserves the chance to succeed this school year.

Join us for an informative panel of education practitioners who have fought back against union interference before and helped teachers find better options for representation.

COVID-19 has subjected Americans to unprecedented challenges in 2020. Liberal activists have wasted no time in using the coronavirus as a pretext to achieve a long sought goal: converting America’s elections to all mail voting and other radical changes to our election systems. They’re investing millions of dollars and employing hundreds of lawyers nationwide to upend the election statutes in state after state.The stakes in the presidential elections have never been higher, making the integrity of the voting process all the more critical. It’s also not implausible for the race to come down to one state or even one county, leaving little room for error.

Join The Heritage Foundation and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for a virtual webinar on what is happening across the country and how conservatives can help support the fight for a fair and honest election in 2020.

As China continues its rise, the actions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have implications across the globe and the need for transparency is increasingly important. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCP has often withheld, obfuscated, and falsified data for its own purposes. This year, The Heritage Foundation launched a transparency initiative to facilitate a global campaign to maximize public exposure of the CCP’s behavior. In this timely event, representatives from the GMFUS’ Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard, William & Mary’s AidData, and The Stimson Center’s Mekong Infrastructure Tracker discuss how these critical transparency projects are shining a spotlight on CCP’s actions.


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The U.S. and North Korea have both indicated a willingness to hold another summit meeting while downplaying its likelihood. Pyongyang rejects working-level meetings that would lay the necessary groundwork for a detailed agreement, although Secretary of State Michael Pompeo commented that bilateral communication has occurred.

Rampant speculation continues, however, of an abrupt summit to sign a minimalist denuclearization accord or a symbolic peace treaty or North Korea carrying out its threats of a major provocation such as a nuclear or ICBM test.

Partnering organizations include: Alliance Defending Freedom, California Family Council, Family Policy Alliance, Family Research Council, Family Watch International, and Massachusetts Family Institute


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Launched in February 2019 under the leadership of White House Advisor Ivanka Trump, W-GDP is the first ever whole-of-government approach to global women’s economic empowerment. Join The Heritage Foundation for a discussion with the senior Trump Administration officials leading W-GDP’s implementation as they outline why economically empowered women in the developing world matters for U.S. national security and how W-GDP supports this objective. The panel will also discuss how free market orientated policy reforms in the legal and regulatory space can catalyze women’s lost economic potential.


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The Nation is reeling from sustained physical, verbal, and political attacks on our brave and patriotic law enforcement officers. These men and women put their lives on the line every single day to keep our communities safe. Instead of thanking them, a large portion of our society has subjected them to vulgar criticisms and vile characterizations. We have also seen extreme cases, such as in Portland, where violent anarchists, domestic terrorists, and thugs have wreaked violent attacks against law enforcement. Unfortunately, this has turned into a large movement to eliminate them altogether.

Commissioner Mark Morgan is the head of the largest law enforcement agency in the entire country. He has a long career in law enforcement, from police work, to the FBI, leading ICE, and now CBP. There is no one better situated to discuss how important law enforcement is and all the great work they are doing to restore law and order.

Want to know why there are riots in our streets and the country appears to be completely divided? It didn’t happen organically, and it was not a grassroots effort. The foundations for our division were laid decades ago. Mike Gonzalez’s book, The Plot to Change America, explains. Join author Mike Gonzalez and conservative commentator Michael Knowles for an illuminating conversation about the roots of identity politics and how this pernicious way of thinking divides America, featuring introductory remarks by Kay C. James.


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As many schools across the country remain closed, parents are banding together to form “education pods,” pooling resources, grouping their children in co-quarantined clusters, and hiring a teacher or private tutor for instruction. It is a real-time, large scale example of civil society in action; what Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” that make America an exceptional nation. How do these education pods work for students, and how might they benefit teachers and families? How do you form an education pod of your own?

Join us for a discussion on how to build your own education pod with policy experts and parents who have created successful pods and microschools.

General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. His Force Design 2030 effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.

Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?

In the first half of 2020, the EPA has already taken numerous critical actions to help protect the environment while respecting the rule of law, federalism, and transparency. The agency has finalized efforts to both ensure that environmental regulations are based on sound and transparent science and environmental protections do more good than harm. Too often, however, opponents of these common sense reforms have used myths and scare tactics to distort the truth of the agency’s actions. These critics have even objected to the EPA using reasonable enforcement discretion during the pandemic. The reality is the EPA is taking a number of practical steps that are way past due. Join us as we hear directly from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to get the truth about the agency’s 2020 regulatory actions and what they mean to Americans.


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