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Candace Owens returns for another successful Annual Dinner

Candace Owens returned to Minneapolis almost exactly one year after her first appearance at an American Experiment event to headline our 2019 Annual Dinner. When she first spoke for a lunch forum audience of 550, Owens had just exploded onto the scene with her YouTube videos and Twitter controversies. A year later the Center's audience had nearly doubled in attendance, and her star power had grown exponentially. Owens is an incredible orator. She gave her entire presentation in front of the podium, without notes, seamlessly weaving together her political analysis and personal experiences. Her discussion focused on social media and how...

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The Year I Met Margaret Thatcher…Twice (RIP, Mrs. Thatcher) by Jeffrey C. O’Brien

Back in 1997, I was working as an intern at Center of the American Experiment.  Lady Thatcher was scheduled to keynote the Center’s annual dinner in May 1997 and I was going to be one of the fortunate folks that was going to assist with the event and, since I was staff, meet Lady Thatcher....

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When President George H. W. Bush Keynoted an American Experiment Annual Dinner

George H. W. Bush keynoted Center of the American Experiment’s 2002 Annual Dinner.  I had wanted him to keynote one of our big affairs ever since he had lost the presidency to Bill Clinton in 1992, but many conservatives had been upset with him, particularly for that loss, so we waited until right-side atmospherics in Minnesota changed sufficiently before inviting him. I sensed that moment had come when Bush spoke at a political fundraiser someplace in town around 2000 (for Norm Coleman, if I recall correctly) as he was received warmly by the crowd.  So, we invited him for April 2002...

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Are negative political ads effective? Find out at Center lunch event 1 week after November elections.

Negative political messaging has dominated the television ad space for the past several months, often evoking a visceral response of changing the channel whenever possible. So, why the pervasiveness of negative political ads? Are they effective in swaying voter preferences? Get a breakdown of election results and the role political advertising played from Scott Rasmussen on November 13 at the Center’s next lunch event....

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Alan Dershowitz On Free Speech

The Center's Fall Briefing took place Monday evening at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, with Professor Alan Dershowitz as the featured speaker. Dershowitz is a tireless advocate for free speech, which was the subject of his speech. Dershowitz warned that in American universities, core values of free speech and due process are under attack from the left. He faulted university administrators for caving in to pressure from leftist students, while praising conservative students who stand up for free speech. Dershowitz expressed disappointment in a number of institutions, pointing out that we have no institutions that are neutral protectors of everyone’s civil...

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Ken Starr and a Gracious Call Home

Fear, by Bob Woodward, was not the only major book about a special-counsel-challenged president released on Tuesday.  So was Contempt, by Ken Starr.  Woodward’s book is about Donald Trump now.  Starr’s is about Bill Clinton two decades ago.  Largely because I got to know Starr a bit and came to admire him greatly when he spoke at American Experiment’s first Fall Briefing, in 1999, I started reading his book first, Tuesday night.  A smart choice if the first 50 pages are any indication, and I trust they are. As you may recall, Starr was frequently vilified back then for, among other...

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Candace Owens Wowed a Center Crowd of 550. Watch Her Speech Here!

We loved the way she thinks way before Kanye West, and we certainly love her more after Candace Owens inspired a crowd of 550 at another Center lunch forum. The Kanye, and now Presidential-approved Owens spent her first trip to Minnesota with American Experiment sharing her thoughts on the state of culture, politics, and, of course, that now infamous tweet....

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Don’t Miss Courageous Candace Owens May 8 in Minneapolis: Be part of Center’s largest forum EVER!

Timing is everything and the Center is hosting a lunch forum with Candace Owens just as her profile is exploding in the national news, partly because Kanye West tweeted, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”  I’ll try to get you up to speed on some of the deets of the controversy, but if you want to be part of this wave crashing in Minneapolis on May 8th you’d better register now, because it looks like our room holding 400 will be SOLD OUT in just a few days. [Update] We've secured a bigger room so register now if you'd like to...

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