AEI hosts over 200 events each year with leading thinkers, politicians, newsmakers, and scholars. Listen each week to the full conversations, debates, and speeches hosted by AEI scholars.
The role of families in human flourishing: A conversation with James Heckman
Nobel Prize–winning University of Chicago economist James J. Heckman is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research on early childhood, which is frequently highlighted in support of expanding early care and education programs to improve children’s outcomes. His well-known “https://heckmanequation.org/resource/the-heckman-curve/ (Heckman Curve)” is widely cited as showing a high return on public investment in those programs.
What is Dr. Heckman’s assessment of current proposals for providing publicly funded childcare and pre-K to all children from birth to kindergarten entry? And how does he view the role of families in children’s development? Do they, too, fit into the Heckman Curve? If so, how?
Watch the full event https://www.aei.org/events/the-role-of-families-in-human-flourishing-a-conversation-with-james-heckman/ (here).
The politics of Islamophobia
Anti-Muslim attitudes and policies have played a prominent role in American politics in recent years, especially since then-candidate Trump’s call for a Muslim ban in 2015. In her recent book “Outsiders at Home: The Politics of American Islamophobia” (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Nazita Lajevardi uses a range of data and social science methods to assess how and why Islamophobia manifests itself and what its consequences are for Muslim Americans.
In this web event, Dr. Lajevardi and AEI’s Daniel Cox and Stan Veuger analyze these questions and related developments in policy and public opinion.
Watch the full event https://www.aei.org/events/the-politics-of-islamophobia/ (here).
Does Congress still control the power of the purse?
The Constitution gives Congress alone the authority to raise government revenues and decide how to spend those dollars. James Madison described this power as “the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people.”
However, today’s Congress is losing its grip on the power of the purse. Legislators have gradually delegated their power to the executive branch, which already flouts and usurps Congress’ spending authority with increasing impunity. The budget process has devolved into leadership rushing immense spending bills to avoid shutdowns with little consideration for individual members’ needs.
Please join AEI for a discussion cohosted with Claremont McKenna College’s Salvatori Center on how Congress can regain control over the nation’s finances and thus fortify representative government.
Watch the full event https://www.aei.org/events/does-congress-still-control-the-power-of-the-purse/ (here).
Hybrid homeschooling: The future of education?
Nearly all American schoolchildren have experienced home-based learning in the past year, leaving some families wondering whether they could enjoy the benefits of both at-home learning and traditional brick-and-mortar schools at the same time. Such an option does exist: hybrid homeschooling.
But what is hybrid homeschooling, whom is it for, and how does it look when done well? EdChoice’s Michael Q. McShane, joined by practitioners and researchers Kathaleena Edward Monds, Allison L. Morgan, and Antonio Parés, will draw from his upcoming book, “Hybrid Homeschooling: A Guide to the Future of Education” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021), to answer these questions and explore why hybrid homeschooling might be the future of education.
Watch the full event https://www.aei.org/events/hybrid-homeschooling-the-future-of-education/ (here).
Extending US leadership on 5G: A conversation with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
In recent years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken numerous steps to ensure that the US is ready for next-generation networks — with more efficient and secure supply chains, software upgrades, and higher speeds — including 5G wireless technology. It has conducted crucial wireless spectrum auctions, significantly expanding commercially available mobile airwaves and spurring billions of dollars of investment in US mobile networks. The FCC has also reduced regulatory barriers to 5G deployment and worked with state and local governments to speed 5G deployment. 5G is poised to power the innovations and economy of the future. How can the US ensure that it continues to lead the world in 5G in the coming years?
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr joins AEI’s Shane Tews to discuss the results of the FCC’s actions over the past four years and present his vision for extending US leadership in 5G moving forward.
Watch the event https://www.aei.org/events/extending-us-leadership-on-5g-a-conversation-with-fcc-commissioner-brendan-carr/ (here).
A search for common ground: Conversations about the toughest questions in K–12 education
At a time of bitter national polarization, we need to push past empty posturing in favor of a healthy, constructive competition of ideas. Frederick M. Hess and Pedro A. Noguera, who tend to fall on opposing sides of the ideological aisle, candidly explore their differences on some of the toughest issues in K–12 education in their new book, https://www.tcpress.com/a-search-for-common-ground-9780807765166 (“A Search for Common Ground: Conversations About the Toughest Questions in K–12 Education” (Teachers College Press, 2021)).
Dr. Hess and Dr. Noguera wrestle with important disagreements regarding issues such as school choice, for-profit provision, civics, and anti-racism, in a manner that yields understanding and a sense of shared purpose. In this conversation, they discuss where 21st-century schooling needs to go and how to foster the kind of public discourse that will get us there.
Watch the full event https://www.aei.org/events/a-search-for-common-ground-conversations-about-the-toughest-questions-in-k-12-education/ (here).
Check out Rick and Pedro's new podcast, https://www.aei.org/tag/common-ground/ (Common Ground), on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/common-ground/id1556314856 (Apple), https://open.spotify.com/show/5zEgJrCpcdvXzIFYxl6ftr?si=0285afa8288944ff (Spotify) or wherever you get your podcasts.
Reflective, self-critical and insightful dialogues by Adam White and the deep bench of thinkers, doers and scholars at AEI and elsewhere. For example, the series on the Internet was outstanding. Not for monocausal thinkers or bumper sticker analysts.
At this precise moment in your discussion of what the most important issue to this Trump voter, the wall. Second most important issue, but willing to wait for second term, term limits.
Self serving hacks who benefited from insider information.
As a casual political wonk this is manna. Well thought out points. Unfortunately as a resident of fly over country I need more “shiny things “. Subtle drips of condescension from the expert panelists always welcome.