Atlas in Chicago

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Atlas Network, in partnership with Illinois Policy Institute and America’s Future Foundation, will host a special two-day event April 3-4 preceding the Philadelphia Society’s annual meeting in Chicago at the Hotel Chicago.

Hotel Chicago
333 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60654

Schedule of events:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

3:00pm- 4:00pm Atlas Strategy Discussion (by invitation only)
Toyko/Rio room
This is a private meeting for Atlas staff, board members, and board of advisors.

5:30pm-7:00pm Atlas Club Briefing
Americas 1 room
Co-hosted with America’s Future Foundation, Atlas Club Briefing on Thursday, April 3 will feature Casey Lartigue on “Promoting Freedom in Difficult Places: The Case of North Korea.” Casey Lartigue, a Senior Fellow with the Atlas Network, is based in South Korea. He will be led in conversation by Atlas Network’s Executive Vice President Tom Palmer. Lartigue will discuss practical ways to enhance civil society in both South and North Korea, explore ways to develop projects that encourage reform in the direction of freedom in North Korea, and also encourage friends of liberty to get involved with spreading freedom in both South and North Korea.

For more information on Atlas Club Briefing contact Chelsea Albers at or (202) 449-8434.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Join the Atlas Network and the Illinois Policy Institute for a one-day forum on Friday, April 4, 2014 preceding the Philadelphia Society’s 50th anniversary meeting in Chicago, IL.

8:30am -12:00pm Board Meeting (by invitation only)
This is a meeting for Atlas Network’s board members only.

12:00pm-1:45pm Luncheon: Fighting for Freedom: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
America’s 1&2 room
The forum will kick-off with a luncheon featuring keynote John Fund, National Review Columnist and Fox News Political Analyst. Fund will speak to the theme of “Fighting for Freedom: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall” in commemoration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9).

2:00pm-3:15pm Panel: Reforming the Welfare State
The government led approach to social welfare problems flourished in the 20th century, but seems ill-suited to the 21st. Atlas Executive Vice President, Tom G. Palmer, editor of After the Welfare State will lead a discussion that looks at the need for change and how free-market think tanks are setting the stage for change.

- Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Network, USA)
Confirmed Speakers:
- Jason Clemens (Fraser Institute, Canada)
- John Tillman (Illinois Policy Institute, USA)

3:45pm-5:00pm Panel: Ideas Can Transform Nations: The Case of the Chicago School of Economics
Moderator: Ricardo Lopez Murphey (Red Liberal de America Latina, Mexico)
The Chicago School – as embodied in the work of Friedman, Stigler, Becker, Coase, Lucas, Harberger, Zingales, and Rajan, etc. – has been hugely influential around the world, and many think tanks connected to the Atlas Network have taken their cue from the great scholars of the Chicago School. In this panel, we review the special case of Chile – which grew prosperous and free because of Chicago-style economic reforms (and despite the reforms’ implementation via a military dictatorship) – as well as the broader impact of the Chicago School in Latin America and in Asia.

- Ricardo Lopez Murphey (Red Liberal de America Latina, Mexico)
Confirmed Speakers:
- Manuel Suárez Mier (American University, USA)
- Francisco Rosende (Pontifical Catholic University, Chile)

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