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October 2021

A Free Speech Week Event.

Questions about free speech arise often in connection with education. We see them in decisions about which views to include in curricula, in disputes about what opinions teachers and students can voice in class or on campus—or even off campus—without being subject to disciplinary action. They arise also in disputes about what sorts of speakers and organizations are welcome on campus. Such disputes arise in private education as well as in public, but they take on a special significance in the case of schools run by a government committed to respecting all individuals’ right to freedom of speech. In this panel, we explore the possibility that these questions are insoluble because public education is itself incompatible with this right. Is this contradiction real? And if so, how should we proceed as individuals living in a society that holds free speech as an ideal, and that has a robust and entrenched public education system?

Tuesday, October 19
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Rowling Hall (RRH) 5.402

A Free Speech Week Event.

Americans today are divided on many issues. But one thing almost everyone seems to agree on, from BLM protestors to January 06 demonstrators, is that they have a right to take to the streets in protest. What if this is a mistake? What if there is no right to protest, at least not in the way traditionally understood? And what if this misunderstanding fuels escalating conflicts in America? In this talk, Gate explores these questions and offers a distinctive account of what forms of public protest are consistent with the principle of individual rights and which are not.

Thursday, October 21
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Rowling Hall (RRH) 4.408

A Policy Lunch Seminar with Jason Brennan, Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Recent arguments allege that the probability of casting a decisive vote in a key swing state is higher than traditionally thought. In light of these arguments, a number of philosophers and social scientists such as William MacAskill and Aaron Edlin, Andrew Gelman, and Noah Kaplan have defended what we will call theCharitable Voting Hypothesis: casting a vote in a key swing state is like donating thousands of dollars to charity. We contend that the argument for the charitable voting hypothesis fails. First, advocates do not account for the untrustworthiness of voters’ assessments of the value difference of candidates. Moreover, their basic model of the expected social value of a vote is incomplete because it examines a vote in isolation, neglecting how voter turn out affects which candidates parties run and what sorts of platforms the parties espouse. We also explain why positive and normative uncertainty about the welfare effects of different policies makes voting a morally risky activity, particularly compared to conventional forms of effective giving.

Monday, October 25
12:00pm - 1:00pm


A Policy@McCombs event with Jason Brennan, Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Academics extol high-minded ideals, but they fall short. The reasons are not mysterious: College bureaucratic structures also often incentivize and reward bad behavior, while disincentivizing and even punishing good behavior. The problems are deep and pervasive: Most academic marketing and advertising is semi-fraudulent. To justify their own pay raises and higher budgets, administrators hire expensive and unnecessary staff. Faculty exploit students for tuition dollars through gen-ed requirements. Fixing the problems of higher ed means fixing the perverse incentives.

Monday, October 25
4:00pm - 5:00pm

RRH 4.408 or Zoom

The Steamboat Institute and The University of Texas Austin, are proud to present: “Pathways to Personal Prosperity and Achieving Your Dreams: Government Programs or Free Enterprise?” with Charles Payne (Host of “Making Money with Charles Payne” on Fox Business Network) and Bakari Sellers (CNN Political Commentator) and moderated by Carrie Sheffield (Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum; Steamboat Institute Tony Blankley Fellow) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 5:30PM at Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium – 2313 Red River Street Austin, TX 78712.

Tuesday, October 26
5:30pm - 7:00pm

2313 Red River Street Austin, TX 78712
Industry leaders, Shannon Trilli Kempner, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion at Catalent Pharma Solutions and Al Lanctot, Executive Director at Lenovo discuss the responsibility that corporations have to their community and to the environment.  
Wednesday, October 27
5:15pm - 6:15pm


Baxter Hines is the Chief Investment Officer at Honeycomb Digital Investment, and author of the book “Digital Finance: Security Tokens and Unlocking the Real Potential of Blockchain”. Baxter will discuss how security tokens will be the next major milestone in the digital revolution. You'll learn about how these digitized forms of traditional ownership certificates will have momentous ramifications for mainstream assets like stocks, real estate, bonds, intellectual property, and derivatives. Baxter is a proud Longhorn, having earned his MBA from McCombs in 2008.

Friday, October 29
3:30pm - 5:30pm

RRH 4.314
November 2021

Join the Bay Area for McCombs Board for a networking reception with the new McCombs School of Business Dean Lillian Mills. This event takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., PT (7:30-9:30 p.m., CT).

Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with brief remarks from Dean Mills at 6 p.m. There is limited space available and we’d love to see you there, so please register using this link by October 28, 2021 to secure your spot. The alumni reception will take place in Westin's Courtyard of the Moon and Stars, an outdoor space.
Tuesday, November 2
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Westin Palo Alto 675 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94301
Industry Leaders, Austin Renfroe, Vice President at E.A. Renfroe & Company and Cato Felán, CEO of La Hoja Capital Management will discuss their experience in new and cutting-edge areas of industry
Wednesday, November 10
5:15pm - 6:15pm


 Our McCombs Executive MBA students, faculty, and staff are visiting New York City for an immersive seminar this fall. We would like to invite you to join us as our guest for an evening of networking centered around the Executive Career Panel at the Penn Club. This event takes place from 5:30-8 p.m., ET.

Panel Topic: "Executive Conversations Shaping Today’s Workplace"
A dialogue about executive careers and hot topics impacting today’s workplace across different industries. As seasoned leaders in their organizations, panelists will discuss how their teams are innovating to respond to the new challenges and emerging workplace trends.


Miki Edelman
Co-CEO Macquarie Capital (USA), Inc & Head of Strategic Client Solutions (Equities), Macquarie Group

Marc Gelnett
SVP, Operations & Innovation, Cooper Surgical

Todd Haskins
Managing Director, Reverence Capital Partners

Adam Haughton

Chief Investment Officer, New Energy Solar Manager

Ryan Nelson
Managing Principal, Turnbridge Equities

Janneke VanGeuns
Head of Measurement & Analytics, Google
Thursday, November 11
5:30pm - 8:00pm

The Penn Club of NY

Rob Habermeier is the co-founder of Polkadot Network, the 8th largest crypto-currency in the world. Rob will talk about how the Polkadot protocol can facilitate the cross-chain transfer of any data or asset types, enabling blockchain interoperability.

Thursday, November 18
4:30pm - 6:30pm

RRH 3.310