I am attending Cato University 2015, an immersive seminar program occurring on July 26-31 at the think tank’s headquarters in Washington, DC that educates students and professionals on political economy. I received a Bastiat Scholarship I that covers my hotel stay and conference-related expenses. Interning at Heartland helped me receive the scholarship, and I am very grateful to this organization for helping open new doors for me. I am structuring my Cato University 2015 experience as a five-part chronological blog series.
I arrived in the capital on Sunday in 90-degree weather. I visited The Newseum, a museum devoted to cataloguing the history of journalism and calling for freedom of the press throughout the world. The museum exceeded my expectations with its interactive exhibits and memorialization of journalists killed in civil and international conflicts. The juxtaposition of the gray East Germany side of the Berlin Wall with its graffiti-covered western counterpart spoke truths words couldn’t about the transformative role of democracy in people’s lives. Afterward, I visited the Capitol. Although the Rotunda and other parts of the building were closed, I watched the Senate proceedings in the chamber, spotting Senators John McCain and Rand Paul.
Later that Sunday afternoon, I registered for Cato University, receiving a large tote bag stuffed with educational sustenance. After a lovely reception on the roof of the Cato Institute headquarters, we ate dinner while listening to Cato University Director Tom Palmer lecture on the role of Cato the Younger in promoting liberty in the floundering Roman Republic and the impact of his legacy on the Founding Fathers and, indirectly, the founding of the Cato Institute. The audience also learned about the Cato Institute’s mission: promoting limited government that primarily serves to enhance individual rights around the world. After dinner, we attended a brief meeting for Bastiat Scholars before going to bed.