Liberty Forum 2017 will take place Tuesday - Wednesday, November 7-8, 2017 in New York City.
Freedom Dinner 2017 will take place Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the beautiful Capitale in New York City.
Thursday, November 10
12:00 - 4:30 p.m. Daytime Program at Princeton Club
The Prospects for Freedom – At Home & Abroad
Princeton Club Address: 15th W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 (at the cross of W43rd and 5th Ave.)
|Location: James Madison (Second Floor)|
|12:00 p.m.||Luncheon: Policy Consequences of the U.S. Election|
|Location: James Madison (Second Floor)|
|Moderator: Brad Lips (Atlas Network)|
|1:45 p.m.||Session 1: Big Wins and Important Battles for Freedom Abroad|
|Location: Dickinson/McCosh (Fourth Floor)|
|Moderator: Dr. Alejandro Chafuen, Atlas Network|
|Session 2: The Millennial Challenge – Engaging Young People in the Battle for Liberty|
|Location: Alexander Hamilton (Second Floor)|
|Moderator: Terry Kibbe, Free the People|
|3:00 p.m.||Breakout 3: Big Wins and Important Battles for Freedom in the U.S.|
|Location: Alexander Hamilton (Second Floor)|
|Moderator: Matt Warner, Atlas Network|
|Breakout 4: Advancing Liberty in Muslim-Majority Countries|
|Location: Dickinson/McCosh (Fourth Floor)|
|Moderator: Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network|
|4:00 p.m.||Sessions end|
|5:30 p.m.||Buses depart from Princeton Club for Atlas Club Briefing at Capitale (Invitation Only)|
|5:45 p.m.||Buses depart from Princeton Club for Freedom Dinner General Reception at Capitale|
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Atlas Club Briefing at Capitale (Invitation Only)
Atlas Club Briefing is a VIP reception offered to VIP Ticket purchasers and our Atlas Club Members (our $1,000 and above giving club). Tickets are also included in the sponsorship packages. Atlas Club Briefing showcases the freedom movements most impactful and inspiring leaders.
Get a first-hand account from the front lines of one of freedom's most important battles. Atlas Network's think tank partners in Turkey were quick to condemn the attempted coup d'etat waged against their President Erdoğan in July. Yet they now find themselves navigating difficult waters: carrying out programs to strengthen the rule of law amid a broad and heavy-handed crackdown against dissidents. How can Turkey return to a path that is respectful of individual liberties and a market economy? Atlas Network Executive Vice President, Tom G. Palmer, will lead a discussion with the leaders of one of our independent think tank partners from this troubled country.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. General Reception at Capitale
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Freedom Dinner at Capitale
Capitale address: 130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
Freedom Dinner is a gala celebration of the worldwide freedom movement's most important achievements, featuring the announcement of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award. Named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Freedom Award is a $100,000 prize that annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation and human fulfillment via free competition. Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award beginning in 2013 is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust.
Alan Charles Kors, co-founder of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, will give a toast to freedom at Freedom Dinner.
This year's Freedom Dinner - again held in Manhattan's legendary Capitale, designed by Stanford White - will also include the 2016 Think Tank Shark Tank Competition and Toasts to Freedom by top Atlas Network partners. Think Tank Shark Tank is a competition modeled after the popular ABC television show, featuring Atlas Leadership Academy participants presenting think tank projects and competing for a $25,000 grand prize.
Friday, November 11
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Global Board Leaders Summit (Ticket purchase separate from Freedom Dinner ticket)
Join us for the 2nd annual Global Board Leaders Summit the day after Freedom Dinner 2016. The summit will take place Friday, November 11, from 10am-9pm at the Princeton Club in New York City, and will be facilitated by Chip Mellor, chairman and founding general counsel of the Institute for Justice. This summit is for all active board members of Atlas Network partner organizations. Ticket must be purchased separately from your Freedom Dinner ticket.
Visit AtlasNetwork.org/BoardLeadersSummit for more information.
Contact Chelsea Schick at Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org regarding making a hotel reservation for Freedom Dinner.
Alan Charles Kors is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early-modern French intellectual history, and he was editor-in-chief of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (Oxford University Press). In June 2016, he published two works with the Cambridge University Press: Naturalism and Unbelief in France, 1650-1729 and Epicureans and Atheists in France, 1650-1729. He has won prizes for his college teaching and for the defense of academic freedom. He served six years, confirmed by the US Senate, on the National Council for the Humanities of the National Endowment of the Humanities. In 2005, he received the National Humanities Medal, and, in 2008, the Bradley Prize. He has taught seminars at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes of the University of Paris and at The Folger Library in Washington, DC. In addition to speaking widely in the US on academic freedom, he gave the TB Davie Lecture on Academic Freedom at the University of Cape Town. He was the co-author of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses and the co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which he founded in 2011. In just four years FGA has grown to one of the top five biggest state-based think tanks in the country with $4 million in revenue and fourteen staff.
Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health reform issues. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Ohio, and New York; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland. His work has been featured on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, National Public Television’s NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio. His research has been published with The Heritage Foundation and The Manhattan Institute.
From 2008 to early 2011, Tarren was CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free market movement.
From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.
Dr. Alex Chafuen serves as president of Atlas Network and has previously served as president and CEO from 1991-2009, and was elected to its board in 2009. He joined Atlas Network in 1985 and worked alongside its founder, Sir Antony Fisher. He is a trustee of Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and he's been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was a professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. Dr. Chafuen serves on several boards including the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the Fraser Institute (Canada), and is Honorary Active Member and member of the Member’s Committee of the John Templeton Foundation, the World Charity Foundation, and The Templeton Religion Trust. He is member of the board of advisers of The Philanthropic Enterprise, and was a member of the founding committee of Donors Trust. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. Dr. Chafuen is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, writing a column called “Intellectual Entrepreneurs” which focuses on think tanks and policy scholars. He received the Global Leadership Award from the Leadership Institute, the Bow Group (U.K.), the World Congress of Families/Howard Center for Family, and recently received the 2014 Walter Judd Freedom Award. His book Faith and Liberty about the Christian roots of free-market economics has been published in several editions in seven countries. In 2010, Atlas Network recognized Dr. Chafuen for 25 years of service.
Clarence Crafoord is the head of the Centre for Justice in Sweden and one of Sweden’s most renowned lawyers. He has a unique experience in strategic public interest litigation including 14 wins out of 14 possible in the Swedish Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. He is actively involved in the debate on individual rights and freedoms and is often engaged as a lecturer, both in Sweden and internationally. Clarence Crafoord was awarded Sweden’s Lawyer of the Year 2015. In 2016 the Centre for Justice was presented with the Europe Liberty Award by the Atlas Network.
Daniel Doron, director of The Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress, is a third-generation sabra, whose great grandfather Zorach Barnett, emigrated from London to Palestine in 1870 and was among the founding fathers of Israel. After serving in Air Force Intelligence during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and studying sociology and economics at the Hebrew University, Doron pursued a career in literature (translating James Joyce’s Portrait of An Artist as a Young Man into Hebrew), journalism and in government, as a deputy to Teddy Kollek, then Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office, and as deputy to the Chairman of Israel's Tenth Anniversary Commission Meir Weisgall.
In 1957 Doron was delegated to serve as Special Cultural Consultant to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv in charge of a six million dollars US-Israel program that funded over 40 projects. In 1960 he became a Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought (doing work in the psychology of creativity and conceptualization). In 1963 Doron became a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University where he worked with Lionel Trilling and Jacques Barzun in a seminar on the Intellectual History of the West, writing on Shakespeare and on Freud.
Since 1973, Doron has become fully involved in political and economic reform in Israel. He helped found the Shinui (Change) movement and represented it in the US. Doron helped initiate and organize the first “Israel Diaspora Task Force” under the aegis of The American Jewish Committee. In 1983, Doron founded The Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress, the first and foremost independent think tank dedicated to promoting economic freedom in Israel. ICSEP has been involved in every major economic reform in Israel, from the curbing of runaway inflation to breaking financial markets and telephony cartels.
Doron publishes regularly in The Wall Street Journal and The Jerusalem Post, and has been published in The Weekly Standard, National Review, The Financial Times, and New Republic, Forbes, Barron's and Reason as well as in other U.S. European and Arabic publications and in the Israeli press.
Doron made several documentaries, one a personal portrait of Milton and Rose Friedman and one on Jewish Art that won several prizes as "a classical art film".
John Fund is a senior editor of The American Spectator and a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is also a Fox News Political Analyst and National Review columnist. Mr. Fund began his career in journalism after a stint as a policy analyst in the California State Legislature. He worked for syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak as their investigative reporter before joining the Wall Street Journal, where he has been deputy editorial features editor and a member of the Editorial Board. He is the author of three books: Cleaning House: America’s Campaign for Term Limits, Regulation Through Litigation, and Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.
Samantha Harris graduated from Princeton University with a degree in politics in 1999 and went on to earn her J.D. in 2002 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Constitutional Law. Samantha joined FIRE in 2005 after serving as a law clerk for the late Honorable Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and working as a litigation associate at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
As Director of Policy Research, Samantha conducts extensive research on policies affecting speech at hundreds of colleges and universities and is the author of FIRE’s annual Spotlight on Speech Codes report. She has also spoken to students, faculty, and administrators around the country, and has represented FIRE publicly on national television and radio as well as in publications including Inside Higher Ed and the New York Post.
Rainer Heufers is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. Being strictly non-partisan and not-for-profit, CIPS suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. CIPS policy proposals are being formulated to support current decisionmaking processes in the legislative and executive branches of the Indonesian government.
Heufers is also the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. SIAP Solutions provides strategic counselling, public policy consulting, leadership training, organizational development and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies.
He is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Network. Heufers designed the first Atlas Think Tank MBA in 2008 and has since conducted these annual flagship-trainings of the Atlas Network where top think tank leaders from around the world develop individual business plans for their organizations. He lives in Indonesia.
Terry Kibbe is a fundraiser and venture philanthropist focused on investments in medical innovation and the liberty movement. In addition to supporting Free the People, she is the President of Curated Innovation, a 501c(3). Based in Cambridge MA, Curated Innovation is focused on delivering breakthrough products that save or greatly improve lives. In 2015-16, she was a fundraiser for Concerned American Voters, a SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul for President. Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands.
She brings 18 years of experience as a fundraiser, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering.
Brad Lips has served as Atlas Network's Chief Executive Officer since 2009, after previously acting as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips conducted equity research for Smith Barney Inc. and policy research for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He co-founded an Internet startup (subsequently sold to DoubleDutch), after spending his first years out of college at an online service provider while writing for music magazines. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and chaired the Organizing Committee of its 2016 General Meeting in Miami. He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. His articles have appeared in The Daily Caller, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty, and on the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network.
Richard N. Lorenc is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). FEE is making the ideas of liberty familiar and credible to the rising generation. As COO, Lorenc supports FEE's business unit leaders, supervises program measurement, directs artwork and corporate communications, and participates in fundraising and strategic planning. He also directs FEE's Templeton Analytics Platform ("TAP") project to discover the most effective ways to communicate with different Millennial target audiences.
Lorenc is involved in a variety of civic, educational, and professional development organizations. He serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, Inc., an advocacy group established to place meaningful controls on federal spending. Additionally, he serves on the boards of directors of Oberg Research, Inc.–which evaluates non-profit organizations' educational outcomes–and America’s Future Foundation, the nation's premier network of liberty-minded young professionals.
A dual American-Polish citizen, Lorenc serves on the advisory board of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolności i Przedsiębiorczości), which promotes and educates on the free market in Polish society.
Wolf von Laer is the Chief Executive Officer of Students For Liberty. In 2011 he co-founded European Students For Liberty, served as its chairperson and worked as a part-time staff member for ESFL. He will receive his PhD in Political Economy from King's College London. Wolf lived and studied in the US, Turkey, Spain, Germany, the UK, Sweden, and Argentina. He has published several book chapters, a book about central-banking, and a peer-reviewed journal article. During his PhD, he realized that SFL would be a much more desirable organization to work for than academia due to the interesting work environment and the quality of people that SFL attracts. In his free time, Wolf enjoys going to concerts, improvisation theater, and Krav Maga. His website is www.wolfvonlaer.com.
Elisa Martins is Associate Director of Programs at Atlas Network. Originally from Brazil, Elisa joined Atlas Network in 2010 as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow. She was the winner of the VI Donald Stewart Jr. Award presented by Instituto Liberal (Atlas Network’s partner in Rio de Janeiro) in 2009 and worked closely with Atlas Network’s Portuguese language platform, OrdemLivre.org, organizing freedom caravans and the first Brazilian freedom school in 2012. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria.
Grover Norquist (Twitter: @GroverNorquist) is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate.
Mr. Norquist also serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America, the American Conservative Union, the Parental Rights Organization and Center for the National Interest (formerly The Nixon Center.) He serves as a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine and as president of the American Society of Competitiveness.
Mr Norquist authored four books: Rock the House; Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives; Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future (with co-author John Lott) and End the IRS Before it Ends Us — How to Restore a Low Tax, High Growth, Wealthy America — published April 7, 2015.
Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC BY 3.0)
Edo Omerčević (Ph.D., MEC, BEcon) has gone through more than a decade of training in economics and finance. He started his tertiary education at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he received his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) as well as his Master of Economics degree. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at the International University of Sarajevo. In addition to various other courses, he also graduated from the Atlas Network Think Tank Leadership Academy. His interest and specialization is in the field of money and banking, with special reference to complementary and alternative currencies and monetary systems. His work experience includes a decade of lecturing at university level, but currently he is engaged as a business consultant. Mr Omerčević is presently leading the Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise that is promoting free market ideas and entrepreneurship in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also a board member of Istanbul Network for Liberty that is exploring and promoting the principles and values of a free society in the Muslim world.
Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.
Christina Sandefur is the executive vice president at the Goldwater Institute, where she works in courtrooms, legislatures, and communities to defend and strengthen the freedom guaranteed to all Americans in the constitutions of the United States and all fifty states. She also litigates cases advancing free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights.
Sandefur has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute's Private Property Rights Protection Act, a state-level reform requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values.
Wan Saiful Wan Jan is chief executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (www.ideas.org.my), and a not-for-profit organisation that he co-founded in 2010. IDEAS is Malaysia’s first think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. He is a regular commentator on Malaysian and ASEAN affairs. He has an English column in Malaysia’s leading English daily The Star, as well as a Chinese column in Malaysia’s most widely circulated Chinese newspaper Sin Chew. His opinion is quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist. He also frequently appears in interviews in Malaysian radio as well as Malaysian and international TV channels such as Bloomberg, Channel News Asia and CCTV.
Wan Saiful is also Chairman of the Istanbul Network for Liberty (www.istanbulnetwork.org). The Istanbul Network was established in 2011 to explore and promote the principles and values of a free society in the Muslim world. This global network brings together scholars and researchers who are dedicated to advance universal human values such as liberty, peace, tolerance, respect, integrity, and equality under the law among the world’s Muslim communities.
Zilvinas Silenas joined the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) in 2006, after graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2005. He became president of LFMI in 2011. His field of analysis at LFMI encompasses energy, transport and competition policies. Zilvinas participated in several high-level working groups of legislation of energy, was a member of working groups of “Sunset” (reform and closing down government agencies), and “Sunrise” (cutting red tape, improving conditions for businesses) commissions for the Lithuanian government. Zilvinas has also worked as a teacher of Economics and an adviser to a CEO of an energy company.
Matt Warner is Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations and works with the programs and institute relations teams to strategically and effectively deliver Atlas Network's many services designed to strengthen pro-liberty think tanks throughout the world. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Matt served in several policy and leadership positions at free-market organizations including the James Madison Institute in Florida and the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in the Cato Journal, the Washington Times, Forbes.com, Budget & Tax News, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the U.S. He has testified before several state legislative bodies on issues related to expanding liberty for individuals, particularly in educational choice and energy policy. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.
2016 Freedom Dinner Sponsors
|Smith Family Foundation|
|Templeton Freedom Award Sponsor|
|Templeton Religion Trust|
|Antony Fisher Circle|
|J.P. Humphreys Foundation|
|John Dobson Foundation / Montreal Economic Institute|
|Luis & Helena Ball|
|George & Marilyn Pearson|
|Peter & Cynthia Goettler|
|Bob Gelfond & Sandy Leong|
|Valerie Brackett & Nikos Monoyios|
|Andrea & Howie Rich|
|Robert & Karen Boyd|
|Charles Koch Foundation|
|Foundation for Economic Education|
|Marlene Mieske & Neal Goldman|
|Christiane & Jean Claude Gruffat|
|William O. Sumner|
|Whitney Ball Memorial Fund at DonorsTrust|
|Alan & Cici Wilkinson|
|The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty|
|Tim & Denyse Browne|
|Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Foundation for Government Accountability|
|Independent Women's Forum|
|Jay and Sally Lapeyre|
|State Policy Network|
|Students For Liberty|
|Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story - Free To Choose Network|
|U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global IP Center|
The dress code for the daytime program at the Princeton Club is business casual. The dress code at Freedom Dinner is black tie optional, traditional dress encouraged.