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Jan. 24 to Feb. 7

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Calvin Coolidge or "Silent Cal," former U.S. president.
The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Featured Is A Goldwater Institute Forum About Calvin Coolidge, A Weekend Of Events On Roosevelt Row And An Appearance By Ayn Rand Foundation Director Yaron Brook


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 24, 2013 — The Goldwater Institute is planning a book forum Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. that will paint former president Calvin Coolidge, or “Silent Cal,” as a model for current economic and government spending woes.

The forum will be presented by Amity Shlaes, director of the Four Percent Growth Project at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, who writes as a columnist for Bloomberg News and is the author of two bestselling books. She has completed a new book, Coolidge that is scheduled to be released Feb. 12.

“No political leader in recent memory seems ready to address America’s genuine problems: entitlements, overspending, and intrusion of government in the private sector. But Americans once had such a leader — Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States,” according to the press release for the event. “Serving between 1923 and 1929, Coolidge did everything differently. Coolidge took the budget seriously, and left Washington with a smaller federal budget than when he became president. Coolidge did not merely call for budget cuts. He conducted them personally, using a now defunct budget device from the 1921 Budget Act. He didn’t just talk about tax cuts; he implemented them by cutting the top rate from 46 to 25 percent. During an era of fiscal responsibility, the economy grew and Americans got luxuries like cars and telephones.”

The Great Depression arrived Oct. 29, 1929, six months after Coolidge left office.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Duy Le Kanh will present, “What is Censorship? How does it Work? What Impact does it Have?” beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Barrett Honors College on the ASU Tempe Campus. The event is free but registration is required. For more information, visit

Stacy L. Leeds, dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law, will present “Whose Sovereignty? Tribal Citizenship, Federal Indian Law, & Globalization,” at the ASU law school in Tempe, Armstrong Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is requested. For more information, visit

The East Valley Republican Liberty Group will gather at 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center, 2830 E. Adobe, Mesa, for presentations on the Declaration of Independence, “sound money,” and a discussion of The Law by Frederic Bastiat. For more information, visit

Friday, Jan. 25

The Arizona Advocacy Network and a coalition of progressive organizations are hosting Sen. Al Franken as he speaks on reclaiming government for the people beginning at 5 p.m. for a reception and with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. Franken will be introduced by Rebekah Friend of the Arizona AFL-CIO. The event will be emceed by Francisco Heredia of Mi Familia Vota Arizona. Tickets are $150 or $250. For more information, visit

Activists will descend on the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse, 401 W. Washington, St., Phoenix, at 7:30 a.m. to support 14 prisoners suing Charles Ryan, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections and Richard Pratt, director of the health services division of the Arizona Department of Corrections. For more information, visit

The Arizona Bridge to Independent Living will hold an event beginning at 3 p.m., at Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St., suite. 200, Phoenix. This gathering will focus on possible legislative impacts on those with disabilities. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jan. 26

The Arizona Democratic Party will host their state committee meeting beginning at 9 a.m. at Dobson High School, 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa. State committeemen will be voted upon beginning at 1 p.m. A resolution for controlling guns in America will also be discussed, but will not be voted upon until the spring meeting. For more information, visit

Renowned dog trainer Cesar Millan will appear at 8 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $45 to $65. For more information, visit

Sunday, Jan. 27

The Phoenix Philosophy Meetup Group will present “Do We Need To Be Happy?” beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Tsom, 933 E. University Drive, Tempe. Included in the discussion will be the politics and ethics of happiness. For more information, visit

Monday, Jan. 28

The largest energy, utility and environment conference in the U.S., EUEC 2013, will be held Jan. 28 to 30 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 E. Third Street, Phoenix, Jan. 28 to 30. Organizers designed the EUEC to spur clean renewable and alternate energy solutions to secure energy independence from foreign oil while protecting the environment. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Jan. 29

The Maricopa Association of Governments will present its 3-1-1 Business Plan Committee meeting at their offices, 302 N. First Ave., suite 300, Phoenix, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Ironwood room. The 3-1-1 committee is working on possibly developing a 3-1-1 hotline to police and fire departments for non-emergency situations. For more information, visit

Winnifred F. Sullivan Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University will present “Ministries of Presence: Chaplains as Priests of the Secular,” as part of a series by ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at noon, West Hall, Tempe. For more information, visit

The Arizona Green Party will hold its 2013 organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Phoenix Public Library Mesquite Branch, 4525 Paradise Village Parkway North, Phoenix. For more information, visit

The ASU Students for Liberty are hosting a discussion, “School Choice, Does Government Know Best?” at 6:30 p.m. in the BCA building, room 215 on the Tempe campus. Leading the discussion will be Jonathan Butcher, education director at the Goldwater Institute. Attendees are promised a free copy of “Voucher Wars,” a book by Goldwater Institute Director Clint Bolick. For more information, visit

The precinct committeemen of legislative districts 12, 17, 18, 26 and 27 for the Arizona republican party will hold a party chairman debate at 7:30 p.m. at Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler. For more information, visit

Thursday, Jan. 31

The Arizona Transit Association will hold its legislative day at the state capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, including an ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Journalist Peter Bergen will present, “The Longest War: America, Al Qaeda, and the Middle East,” sponsored by the The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at 1:30 p.m. in the Carson Ballroom in Old Main, Tempe. For more information, visit

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission will hold an open meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1616 W. Adams, suite 110, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 2

The ASU Origins Project will continue at 7 p.m. in Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe as scientists from NASA, NOAA and other groups will present “Great Debate: Climate Change, Surviving the Future.” Tickets are $10, $16, and $26 plus service fees. For more information, visit

February 2 and 3, a number of community groups will descend on Roosevelt Row to present ways to get involved as well as provide skills attendees can use in their own lives. All of the free presentations are intended to be interactive, so questions and ideas are welcomed. Attorney Michael Kielsky of Phoenix Copwatch will present general principles involved in protecting rights and safety in police encounters Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. A Satnam and Baldev Kundalini yoga and meditation class as taught by Yogi Bhajan will be held Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., at 5th Row Studio, 513 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix. The International Workers of the World will discuss how to organize labor on the job and in communities Feb. 2, 6 p.m. in Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. Vegan Outreach will present a presentation of what the consequences are on choices to eat meat and other animal products Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. A discussion on the power of cooperatives will be held Feb. 3, 1 p.m., Jobot Coffee Shop, 918 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. The importance of community press and independent media will be discussed Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. A seminar on grant writing for community projects and organizations will be held Feb. 3, 3 p.m., Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Sunday, Feb. 3

Americans United For Separation of Church and State will hold a general membership meeting at 2 p.m., JJ North’s Country Buffet, 1312 N. Scottsdale, Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Monday, Feb. 4

The Drescher Lecture 2013 presented by Barrett Honors College, ASU, will host Dr. Stephanie DeLusé who will present “Writing ASU’s History: Choices in Building Community and Balance” and Dr. Patrick Grzanka who will present “Born This Way…or not: Measuring Beliefs about Sexual Orientation” beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Barrett Honors College, Cottonwood room, ASU, Tempe.

The Goldwater Institute, 500 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, will host “Silent Cal,” a book forum presented by Amity Shlaes at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 5

The Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs in partnership with the Arizona State Senate, will host the Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. Activities will include a joint protocol session held in the Senate, speakers discussing the benefits of collaboration and coordination, and a catered lunch hour. Finally, a “Tribal Community Manager Forum” will be held in the Capitol Museum Senate room at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit

The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will host Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sun City West Foundation’s Webb room, 14465 W R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City. For more information, visit

Lawn Gnome Publishing’s Books and Beakers Science Cafe will present “Higgs Bosons for the Masses" beginning at 7 p.m. at 905 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. The discussion will be edified by Richard Lebed, a professor at Arizona State University who has a background in theoretical elementary particle physics and a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. For more information, visit or

ASU Students For Liberty and Young Americans For Liberty will host a debate on gun rights, the Second Amendment, and gun control. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the ASU Tempe Campus’ Discovery building, room 250. For more information, visit or

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