New York Gala Dinner

September 5, 2014

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is pleased to announce that our 2nd annual New York Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Metropolitan Club.

Since debate is our major program, this year’s dinner will feature a debate on income inequality between former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP.

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Gramm, a trained economist, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas from 1979 – 1985, and thereafter as U.S. Senator from Texas from 1985 – 2003. Gramm’s legislative record included such bills as the Gramm-Latt Budgets, which called for the Reagan tax cuts, and the Gramm-Rudman Act, which placed the first binding constraints on Federal spending. Gramm was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1994 election in which Republicans won control of the Senate for the first time since 1986. In the majority Gramm led the passage of the Gramm-Leach Act which made historic changes to Federal banking, insurance, and securities laws.

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After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, Freeland went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, and editor of FT.com. She served as deputy editor of Canada’s The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001, before becoming the U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times. In 2010, Freeland joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters as editor-at-large. She most recently worked as Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News. She is the author of the major book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. Freeland gave a TED talk on inequality that has received well over a million views. Now retired from the world of international journalism, Freeland currently represents the federal electoral district of Toronto Centre in the Canadian Parliament. 

Larry Kudlow, the CNBC correspondent, has agreed to help moderate. At the dinner we will again award the $20,000 Coolidge Prize for Journalism and the $1,500 Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth. This year we will also award a runner-up Calvin Prize.

Check out our video from last year’s dinner:

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